Westat will be continuing to support the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) in its mission to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and integrative health practices.
Since 2011, Westat has worked closely with NCCIH’s Office of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs to ensure that its research can withstand internal and external scrutiny. Westat has supported studies on obesity prevention, symptom management in cancer and HIV patients, and comprehensive approaches to treating posttraumatic stress in veterans.
Studies supported under this new work are likely to include
- Research on managing cancer-related fatigue through massage
- Management of chronic low back pain using yoga
- Improvement in the safety of opioid use in veterans and other populations
Other tasks include
- Developing investigator materials on site monitoring for the NCCIH Toolbox
- Delivering training sessions for NCCIH Program Officers
- Providing protocol review, statistical, quality assurance, and regulatory affairs support as needed