The Integrative Medicine Institute has led a variety of research projects collecting data from providers and patients on effectiveness, satisfaction, safety, and cost. Dr. Riley has continued this collaboration through his work on case reports, clinical trials and their publication in medical journals.
In the 1990s the Institute created international data collection networks linking healthcare practitioners, patients, and academic medical centers in Europe and the United States. This was done through a series of practice-based research projects: International Integrative Primary Care Outcomes Studies 1 and 2, and an international Integrative Medicine Data Collection Network (IMDCN 2001). The International Integrative Primary Care Outcomes Study (Riley 2001) was a prospective outcomes study with data was systematically collected on effectiveness, safety, and cost in a practice based setting. (Riley D, 2001).
Other areas of research have included:
- Collaboration on the use of complementary therapies in the neurosciences with Conemaugh Health System and the John P. Murtha Neuroscience Center in Johnstown, PA. These included Hatha Yoga, mind-body stress reduction, and the Stanford program “Healthy Living with a Chronic Condition” for post-polio syndrome and Charcot Marie Tooth.
- Two randomized controlled trials on the use of zinc preparations for cold sores (Godfrey 2001 [See PDF]).
- Systematic reviews with the Chalmer's Research Group at the Children's Hospital in Eastern Ontario (CHEO).
- Multi-center international randomized controlled clinical trial using an herbal product - Pelargonium sidoides.
- Scientific Advisory Boards - Oregon Health Sciences University - ORCCAMIND (2002 - 2004), The Institute for Integrative Health (2010 - present).
- HHS funded survey and education project on the use of botanicals and dietary supplements in Women’s Health. The project brought together two HHS Centers of Excellence in Women’s Health, the University of Illinois - Chicago and Women’s Health Service in Santa Fe, NM.