2018 Research Grant: Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Posted:Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Massage Therapy Foundation is excited to announce the award of one Research Grant in the field of massage therapy for the 2018 granting cycle. A $30,000 MTF Research Grant has been awarded to Kelly Tanner, PhD, OTR/L, at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus OH, for her study Effect of Massage Therapy on Opiate Use in the Hospital-Based Pediatric Population.

The overall objective of this study is to explore the role of and evidence for massage therapy (MT) in treating pain in pediatric patients admitted to a pediatric hospital. The specific aims of this study will describe the extent of consultations and utilization of MT in a large, urban, Midwestern, freestanding, pediatric hospital, and then determine the extent to which MT reduces use of opioid pain medication during hospital admissions. This research will help establish baseline demographics for a hospital-based pediatric population while advancing MT as an alternative to opioid use in this population.

About MTF Research Grants

Since 1993, the Foundation has been funding research in the field of massage therapy to advance the profession. MTF offers Research Grants up to $30,000 to those conducting studies that seek to advance our understanding of specific therapeutic applications of massage, public perceptions of and attitudes toward massage therapy, and the role of massage therapy in health care delivery.