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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.




Jan Hartvigsen speaking at the World Congress on Low Back and Pelvis Pain http://www.worldcongresslbp.com/

Profesor and Senior Researcher Jan Hartvigsen (SDU and NIKKB) has been invited to speak at the world Congress on Low Back and Pelvis Pain that takes place in Dubai October 27-31.

Jan Hartvigsen's keynote address is entitled "From non-specific to specific low back pain. How to look and what to look for" which will open a session on progress in identifying subgroups of back pain patients.

Other speakers in the session include Jonathan Hill from Keele University who will talk about development and validation of…

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The September issue of The Chiropractic Report, newsletter for the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC), has on the front page commented on the results of the newly published trial: Patient education with or without manual therapy compared to a control group in patients with osteoarthritis of the hip. A proof-of-principle three-arm parallel group randomized clinical trial, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage 2013;21:1494-1503.

The editor and Secretary-General of WFC David Chapman-Smith comments: “Here is promising results from a well-designed trial including chiropractic manual therapy for patients with hip osteoarthritis. The addition of chiropractic manual therapy to a patient education program produced significantly better…

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Senior Researcher from NIKKB Tue Secher Jensen (chiropractor, PhD) is heading to Toronto, Canada in November.

He will attend meetings on the Canadian 'Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) Initiative' where Tue is part of the Guidelines Development Group (GDG).

Tue will also meet up with André Bussieres from McGill University and Simon French, who was recently appointed new Research Professor at Queen's University in Kingston.

Together they will discuss a new implementation project regarding the new Danish Imaging Practice Guidelines.

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Senior Researcher at NIKKB and Professor at University of Southern Denmark Jan Hartvigsen attends the conference Canadian Chiropractic Research Symposium held in Toronto, Canada September 27-28 2013 as invitee.

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Professor Jan Hartvigsen from NIKKB and University of Southern Denmark will be at Harvard School of Public Health and Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety as a guest researcher from July 1st to November 1st. 2013.

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