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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.



Professor Jan Hartvigsen will speak at the 8th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Pain in Dubai, October 27 – 31, 2013

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Chiropractor Roni Evans will defend her PhD project: ”A mixed methods approach for evaluating spinal manipulation and exercise for chronic neck pain” on Tuesday 30 April 213 at 14.00 hrs.

Venue:    Room 100, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M

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Professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University and research consultant at NIKKB, Gert Brønfort, recently published an article on neck pain in Annals of Internal Medicine.

The article generated a lot of media coverage.


Annals of Internal Medicine


The Wall Street Journal


MSN Health

The New York Times

ABC News



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