Research Strategy 2012-2016
Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics (NIKKB) is proud to present our strategic research plan for 2012-2016.
The plan will strengthen our position as an international centre for research, quality assurance, and knowledge transfer within chiropractic by focusing on research areas where NIKKB has a track record of high quality research. The support from the Danish chiropractors and the Danish regions through the Danish Chiropractors’ Research Foundation has provided the necessary stability and continuity over the years and we are grateful for their continued support.
In order to develop evidence-based chiropractic practice to maximize our contribution to the Danish health care system, we need more knowledge about chiropractors and patients with musculoskeletal disorders. That is why this plan places even greater emphasis on practice-based research through NIKKB’s network of chiropractic research clinics. Importantly, we need to conduct research into how chiropractors can most effectively contribute to the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. This is why NIKKB has a strong focus on epidemiological and prevention research. We also need knowledge about how chiropractors can further contribute to the health care needs of the Danish population. This is why we have a focus on key clinical areas where NIKKB has a track record of successful research namely: spinal pain, musculoskeletal chest pain, and osteoarthritis of the hip. To this end, we will continue to maintain existing, and build new, research collaborations both within and outside Denmark. For example, the recent formation of chiropractic research institutions in Norway and Sweden will strengthen the profession’s research profile across the Nordic countries.
In 2010, NIKKB celebrated its 20th anniversary. Since 1991, NIKKB researchers have published more than 225 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and reports. NIKKB now has a good blend of senior and junior researchers as well as a sound and supportive infrastructure. In 2013, NIKKB will relocate to the campus of the University of Southern Denmark, while continuing to retain its independence. This will greatly enhance our opportunities to fulfil the goals outlined in this plan because NIKKB will become part of a dynamic multidisciplinary environment.
With this new strategic research plan, we commit to continuing the strong tradition at NIKKB for producing timely and relevant research in collaboration with our partners to enhance the development of the chiropractic profession and ultimately, to improve the health of people suffering from musculoskeletal disorders.
Henrik Wulff Christensen