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Towards 2022, NIKKB research will focus on developing customised treatment for the individual patient, research into how we can implement new knowledge in daily practice and understand the lifelong trajectory of musculoskeletal disease.



The Research Unit at NIKKB has formulated a strategy outlining the institute's research priorities for the period 2018-2022.

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The strategic aim of the research efforts at NIKKB is to continue to contribute new knowledge in the musculoskeletal field by focusing on solving specific challenges at the level of both the patient and society, specifically:


  • Patients with musculoskeletal problems experience different clinical courses, which is why we will continue our work to establish ‘customised’ interventions based on new knowledge.
  • Our ambition is to focus on implementation research where new knowledge about the barriers to, and methods for, promoting the systematic application of research findings is further developed and embedded in daily clinical practice.
  • At NIKKB, our research has always sought to understand the life trajectories of musculoskeletal disease. This will still apply. We will continue to study these clinical courses in order to develop insights that are useful and practical in prevention and treatment.


Research focus

To meet these strategic priorities, the following research areas will be the principal focus up to the end of 2022:


  1. Patient profiles & differentiated care
  2. Implementation research & knowledge translation
  3. Musculoskeletal heath from a life course perspective with a special focus on spinal health


Read more about our research focus under the section Project Areas in the menu.




Patients with back or neck pain are often advised to increase their physical activity to reduce pain.


But new research indicates there are patients for whom this is not necessarily good advice, according to PhD student Cecilie K. Øverås from The Department of Public Health and Nursing at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Norway and the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense.


- Regular physical activity is still an important key to health and prevention of disease. Our message is that those who have physical jobs may…

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Much debate surrounds the patient safety of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) in children. This controversy is of particular interest for policy-makers who regulate the safety of health care interventions.


A group of Canadian researchers conducted a rapid review of the safety of SMT in children (< 10 years). They aimed to 1) describe adverse events; 2) report the incidence of adverse events, and 3) determine whether SMT increases the risk of adverse events compared to other interventions.


They systematically searched MEDLINE, CINAHL, and Index to Chiropractic Literature. Eligible studies (case reports/series, cohort studies and randomized controlled trials) were critically appraised…

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The immediate answer is yes. Measuring leg pain intensity in the leg 4-6 weeks after and operation for lumbar disc herniation can help identify patients who are in danger of experiencing clinically relevant physical disability 1 and 2 years after the operation. There is a need for more research of whether patients with moderate/severe leg pain intensity at early postoperative follow-up could benefit from additional or more intensive postoperative interventions, concludes Dorthe Schoeler Ziegler in a paper in Global Spine Journal.


28 % of the 556 patients participating in the study behind the paper reported moderate to severe leg…

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CARL II Cohort announced
The Chiropractic Academy for Research Leadership (CARL) is proud to announce its second cohort of CARL Fellows for 2020 – 2023. The CARL II Fellows are:
Sasha Aspinall - Australia (Murdoch University)
Aron Downie - Australia (Macquarie University)
Steen Harsted - Denmark (University of Southern Denmark)
Hazel Jenkins - Australia (Macquarie University)
Andrée-Anne Marchand - Canada (Ontario Tech University; University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières)
David McNaughton - Australia (Macquarie University)
Amy Miller - United Kingdom (Bournemouth University)
Casper Nim - Denmark (University of Southern Denmark)
Luana Nyirö - Switzerland (Balgrist University Hospital; University of Zurich)
Cecilie K. Øverås - Norway (Norwegian University of Science and Technology; University…

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Do you have an exciting abstract? Then it might be considered for an award from ECCRE. At the ECU conference in Utrecht in May 2020, ECCRE will hand out three awards to European researchers:

• ECCRE Best Presented Research Award (selected from nominations)
• ECCRE Second Best Presented Research Award (selected from submitted abstracts)
• ECCRE Young Researcher of the Year Award (selected from submitted abstracts)


The deadline for submitting abstracts for review is January 12, 2020.


Read more about the guidelines and deadlines for abstract submission here: https://convention.chiropractic-ecu.org/call-for-papers/

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