British Medical Journal cites AECC University College academics in paediatric study review

Several AECC University College academic staff have been cited in a systematic review published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The newly published study looked at manual therapy as an intervention for unsettled, distressed and excessively crying infants. The study aims to provide information to help clinicians and parents make informed decisions about the care of this problem, which impacts many infants and their families.

Associate Professor, Joyce Miller, lead tutor of AECC University College’s MSc APP Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health, has been at the forefront of research within this field and is cited numerous times in the BMJ analysis. Amongst the University College colleagues cited were; Director of Research, Dave Newell; Vice-Principal, Professor Jenni Bolton; Maria Browning, Senior Clinical Tutor and Deputy Director of our chiropractic clinic, and Aurélie Marchand, Lecturer in Clinical Science, who stepped into Joyce Miller’s position in January.

This publication validates AECC University College as leaders in the field of paediatric research and celebrates the specialist expertise of our academic staff. The BMJ is a renowned medical publication and this study confirms our proactive attitude to creating research in a field where there has been very little to date. Our academic staff take a responsible approach to providing evidence-based solutions to prevalent health issues affecting our communities. This latest celebration has added to the energy behind this evolving area.

AECC University College academic staff carried out several types of studies in our on-site chiropractic clinic, which sees over 50,000 patients annually. The University College’s Chiropractic Clinic was involved in Randomised Controlled Trials (RCT) which is a highly valid method to look at the effectiveness of a treatment approach, and prospective and retrospective studies. Our chiropractic clinic provides experience for our final year interns on the Master of Chiropractic degree course, supervised by qualified chiropractic tutors. The clinic also affords some interns to work in partnership with midwives from Bournemouth University, in our breastfeeding clinic which offers free, hour-long appointments.

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Manual therapy for unsettled, distressed and excessively crying infants: a systematic review and meta-analyses.

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