course code: WS616
surgeons and the alexander technique: a successful pilot study and ideas for follow-up
In 2009-2010, Jennifer Roig-Francolí and Lois Cone conducted a successful pilot study at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center which studied the effectiveness of the Alexander Technique for improving the surgical posture and technical performance of surgeons during minimally invasive surgery. Results of the study showed statistical improvement in the subjects; ergonomics, endurance, and ability to complete specific skill sets, as well as subjective improvements in overall posture.
The paper describing this research was presented at two national conferences, won second prize for clinical paper submissions to the American Academy of Pediatrics conference, and was published in the Journal of Urology in 2011. The paper can be accessed here.
Jennifer and Lois will speak about their experiences with the study, which was conducted on a small group of seven surgical residents. Since further studies are clearly warranted to explore the benefits of the Alexander Technique for surgeons, Erik Bendix will share his current explorations into how to design follow-up studies that would help the medical profession understand not just that the Alexander Technique works, but why it works. Lois Cone will also share knowledge she has gleaned from her many years of conducting research in a medical setting. You are welcome to join in the search for meaningful follow-up to this very promising pilot study.