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Current Research Studies

EMBARK: Exploring Massage Benefits in Arthritis of the Knee

(NIH/NCCAM funded) In collaboration with Rutgers and Yale, EMBARK is a randomized controlled trial comparing the effectiveness of Swedish massage and light touch bodywork in reducing pain and increasing function of adults with osteoarthritis of the knee. Enrollment is now complete for this study. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Bechard at 919-660-6762. You can also view more information about the study at

PRIMIER: Patients Receiving Integrative Medicine Interventions Effectiveness Study

(Bravewell Collaborative funded) In collaboration with a network of integrative medicine clinics across the country, PRIMIER is a registry study following the impact of integrative medicine on patients over time.  Individuals who have been seen at Duke Integrative Medicine are eligible to participate. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Matteson Bechard at 919-660-6762 or You can also view more information about the study at

Community Coaching Study

(Duke funded) This study examines a pilot project to introduce integrative health coaching to two community and clinical sites, Healing with CAARE and the Healthy Lifestyles program at Duke Pediatrics. For more information, please contact Sarah Cassel at You can also view more information about the study at

Genetic Risk and Health Coaching for Type 2 Diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease

(U.S. Air Force funded) The purpose of this study is to examine whether the use of genetic test information and/or health coaching in patient risk counseling for heart disease and diabetes affects health behaviors and health outcomes in active-duty Air Force, beneficiaries or dependents and Air Force retiree patients. Participants are being recruited from the David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base and the McClellan Outpatient Satellite Clinic in California.

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