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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.



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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The World Wederation of Chiropractic has appointed Professor Jan Hartvigsen to serve as member of the WFC Research Council from September 1st 2013.

The position has a 8 year term.

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Cand.manu. Rune Mygind Mieritz:

Subject: ”Measuring regional movement in the lumbar spine – reliability and change in chronic low back pain patients”

Date: Friday, 31 May 2013 at 14.00 hrs.

Venue: Room 91, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M

Committee of Examiners:

Professor Alison H McGregor, Department of Surgery & Cancer, Imperial College London

Professor Henning Langberg, Department of Public Health, Social Medicine, University of Copenhagen

Professor Niels Wedderkopp, Institute of Regional Health Services Research, University of Southern Denmark (chairman)

Principal Supervisor:

Professor Jan Hartvigsen, Clinical Biomechanics, Department of Sports Sciences and Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark

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