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Until 2016 our primary research areas are epidemiological and prevention research, spinal pain, musculoskeletal chest pain and osteoarthritis.



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 research efforts at NIKKB are specifically focused on addressing issues related to the on-going development of the profession. To this end, our strategic priorities will be to:

•    Facilitate the on-going systematic collection of data from cohorts of patients suffering from a range of musculoskeletal conditions by building and maintaining a practice-based network of chiropractic clinics and applying novel technologies such as SMS-tracking in the follow-up of these patients;
•    Closely monitor and identify the characteristics of patients seeking chiropractic care, map the interventions delivered, and describe the clinical course;
•    Describe the characteristics and trajectories of musculoskeletal patients seeking care in the primary health care sector by working closely with primary care research units;
•    Articulate a chiropractic professional identity which differentiates the unique contribution of chiropractors to the multidisciplinary nature of the Danish health care system through on-going qualitative interviews; and
•    Study the development of integrated musculoskeletal health care practices in primary and secondary care settings with the aim to strengthen the contribution of chiropractic.

Research focus

To meet these strategic priorities, the following research areas will be the principal focus up to the end of 2016:

1.    Epidemiological and prevention research
2.    Spinal pain
3.    Musculoskeletal chest pain
4.    Osteoarthritis

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



The education of chiropractors at Macquarie University, Sydney, has received a clear message that continued university affiliation demands increased research activity.

It is of utmost importance to the education as well as to the entire profession’s development and reputation that chiropractors can continue to be educated in a university setting, which naturally has raised the motivation for initializing research of high quality considerably.

That’s why Sydney has started to check out the environment for strong chiropractic research units that can be used for inspiration and collaboration, and eventually they settled for the research milieu around The Institute of Sports Science…

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At the recent ECU Convention in Barcelona, Spain, the two chiropractors Henrik Hein Lauridsen, DC, MSc, PhD and Lise Hestbæk, DC, PhD received the 2nd prize for their presentation: ’Development of the Young Spine Questionnaire’.

The prize was given for the development of a questionnaire to be used among children and adolescents. The questionnaire is specifically designed to examine the prevalence of back and neck pain in this population. It includes questions related to pain severity, school absence due to the pain and possible treatment received for the pain.

Included in the prize is an amount of €1.000.

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As of May 1st. chiropractor, PhD, Tue Secher Jensen has joined NIKKB as part of our research team.

Tue Secher Jensen: "I have been doing research in Medical Imgaing since I graduated from University of Southern Denmark in 2002. As part of the Research Team and Imaging Unit at NIKKB, I work in the intersect between imaging and research. One of the projects that I will undertake is the evaluation    
of the new referral guidelines for musculoskeletal imaging that will be published in June 2013".

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Chiropractor Ellen Aartun has won the main prize at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Norwegian Spine Research Society - the Back and Neck Prize.

The meeting was held in Oslo Friday and Saturday April 19th.-20th.

Ellen presented partial results from her PhD project, a cross-sectional and two-year longitudinal analysis of the prevalence, incidence and course of back and neck pain in children aged 11-13.

Congratulations to Ellen – well done.

Prize winners Elisabeth Bjelland and Ellen Aartun

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NIKKB was part of a large Danish delegation at WFC's 12th Biennial Congres in Durban, South Africa on April 10-13, 2013.

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