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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.



Charlotte Leboeuf-Yde treats this question in a blog on BioMed Central.


The Danish professor from The Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), bases her blog on a study made by David Cassidy et al. which concludes that  patients who suffer a stroke would have had the stroke regardless of which treatment they had received before.


Charlotte Leboeuf-Yde points out that this conclusion has caused debate. She refers to two articles in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, which respectively criticises and supports Davis Cassidy’s study and conclusions and…

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Get updated on the latest knowledge about musculoskeletal disease with CMT

The NIKKB website is not the only place where you can get updated on the latest evidence-based knowledge about MSK. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies (CMT) is another good place to look for new knowledge.


The CMT website http://chiromt.biomedcentral.com/gives you access to the latest research papers. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies publishes manuscripts on all aspects of evidence-based information that is clinically relevant to chiropractors, manual therapists and related health care professionals.


“I’m far too busy to spend time checking the internet for news about musculoskeletal diseases” you might think. CMT recognises that you are very busy, which is…

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The deadline for applying for participation in Chiropractic Academy Research Leadership (CARL) is at the beginning of 2017. Now the people behind the project have created a short teaser for the project, which can be seen in the link below.


CARL is an international mentor programme aimed at bringing together the ten best young academics in chiropractic in a network that meets yearly at one of the three home institutions of the three mentors leading the programme, Professor Jon Adams, UTS Sydney; Professor and Head of Research at the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics and Senior Researcher…

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Honorary lecture by Professor Peter Croft

The Center for Muscle and Joint Health is proud to invite you to an honorary lecture given by Professor Peter Croft, Keele University.


The title of the lecture is Back to the walls: The Past and the Future of Primary Care Research into Musculoskeletal Disorders


The honorary lecture takes place:


Thursday October 13 at 15.00
In Auditorium O77, University of Southern Denmark
Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M


All are welcome. The lecture is free and no registration is required.


Professor Peter Croft trained as a medical practitioner and has been the world leader in research in…

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A new research project, Danish Chiropractic Cohort (ChiCo), which is carried out by the Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics (NIKKB), has received a grant of nearly 3 million DKK from the Foundation for Chiropractic Research and Post Graduate Education. The grant secures the accomplishment of a systematic collection of data from a large group of patients with low back pain from Danish chiropractic clinics.


Tue Secher Jensen, chiropractor, PhD, Senior Researcher at NIKKB and Spine Centre of Southern Denmark and Alice Kongsted, chiropractor, PhD, Senior Researcher at NIKKB and Associate Professor at the Department of Sports Science…

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