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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.



WFC’s World Spine Day Contest 2013

For the third year the WFC has held a World Spine Day Contest open to associations, colleges, and individuals and with the goal of encouraging activities to raise awareness of the Bone and Joint Decade’s World Spine Day on October 16 and of spinal problems and the chiropractic profession itself.

This year there were impressive entries in quality and number.  The panel of judges appointed by the WFC Public Health Committee has announced the following results:

First Prize (US$1,000)
Children Chiropractic Federation, Hong Kong

Second Prize (US$750)
International Medical University (IMU), Malaysia

Third Prize (US$500)
Hong Kong Chiropractic College Foundation,…

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The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) and the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC), are holding an international conference titled Chiropractic Education for a Changing Healthcare Environment at the Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel in Miami, Florida from October 29 – November 1, 2014.

Sponsors and hosts include the International Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the American Chiropractic Association, and the International Chiropractors’ Association. 

This will be the eighth biennial education conference held by the WFC and ACC since the year 2000. The majority of those attending will be faculty members of chiropractic education institutions worldwide and on past experience we expect…

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CALL FOR ORIGINAL RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS: 13th WFC Congress ECU Convention, Athens, Greece, May 13-16, 2015

Submission deadline for abstracts: Sept 14, 2014

Submission website: will open in June 2014

Acceptance notifications sent on or before: December 7, 2014

See the official presentation here.

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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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