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The first of the 13 research projects to receive part-funding from ECCRE has now been completed. In 2016, Andreas Eklund and his co-investigators embarked on the research project Chiropractic Maintenance care – cost-utility, psychological factors and pain trajectories and the group has now completed the study.


Based on their research Andreas Eklund et al concludes that Chiropractic Maintenance Care reduces the number of days of pain within each LBP episode among patients classified as Dysfunctional (by the MPI-S instrument), by limiting the impact of each new episode, stabilizing the clinical course and increasing the number of pain free weeks. Timing of treatment and patient selection appear to be key features when aiming to improve the effectiveness of MC. Patients with a predictable clinical pattern with episodes with high impact on life are good candidates for the MC intervention.