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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.




New article demonstrates the value of using measurement of blood flow in the heart to predict non-fatal heart attack

Patients with non-specific chest pain accounts for about half of all emergency admissions to coronary care units in hospitals. It has previously been assumed that it was relatively safe to send these patients home after admission, as the risk of being struck by a heart attack shortly supposed to be small.


Mette Jensen Stochkendahl has tested this assumption in collaboration with cardiologists at Odense University. The research group has studied if measuring the blood flow in the heart in patients with nonspecific chest pain can be used to predict future heart attack. The results showed that it was safe…

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Wellbeing at Work is an increasingly salient topic on the scientific and political agendas in many Western countries. 

This week The Third Wellbeing at Work conference was held i Copenhagen on 26th-28th May 2014.

From NIKKB Senior researcher Mette Jensen Stochkendahl gave a presentation and Professor Jan Hartvigsen was also in attendance.

In the scientific world the concept of wellbeing at work is typically addressed from the vantage point of organizational psychology, but to meet the challenges of ageing working populations that increasingly may be characterized by chronic diseases or disabilities, the inquiry into the concept of wellbeing at…

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On March 8th this year the world celebrated International Women's Day. On this occasion The Chiropractic Report (March 2014 (Vol. 28, No.2) 'reviewed and celebrated' the growing and substantial leadership of women in the chiropractic profession.

One of the featured researchers - described as "established and foremost leaders" - is Senior Researcher at NIKKB and The University of Southern Denmark Lise Hestbæk. The Chiropractic Report writes:

"Lise Hestbæk DC, PhD, a Senior Researcher at the Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics (NIKKB) in Odense. Dr Hestbæk har primary research interest in back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders in children…

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Hartvigsen J, Boyle E, Cassidy JD, Carroll LJ. Mild traumatic brain injury after motor vehicle collisions: what are the symptoms and who treats them? A population-based 1-year inception cohort study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2014;95(3 Suppl 2):286-94.

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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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