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Journal of Integrative Medicine ›› 2021, Vol. 19 ›› Issue (3): 203-210.doi: 10.1016/j.joim.2021.01.010

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Is the N-of-1 method applicable in bodywork research? Lessons learned using a trial as a methodological pilot

Stergios Tsiormpatzis   

  1. Open University, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, 00014, Finland
  • Received:2020-07-21 Accepted:2021-01-08 Online:2021-05-12 Published:2021-02-02
  • Contact: Stergios Tsiormpatzis

N-of-1 trial designs have rarely been used in bodywork research. Using a recent trial as a methodological pilot, critical issues related to the applicability of N-of-1 trials to bodywork are discussed. These include the issues of carry-over effects, bias-controlling approaches and statistical analysis. The discussion highlights the importance of mixed methods and draws some suggestions for a future research program. N-of-1 trials could be used to provide insights about some essential elements of bodywork modalities and their effectiveness.

Key words: N-of-1 trials, Bodywork, Pilot, Cross-over studies, Bias control, Methods

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