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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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Implementation research investigates the barriers to, and the methods for, promoting the uptake of research findings into routine clinical practice. Activities that can be the objects of such investigation are, for example, training courses for clinicians, the introduction of clinical support tools and dissemination of clinical guidelines.


Implementation research investigates if initiatives, such as the ones mentioned, have the intended impact on clinical practice and how adoption of evidence-based practice is best facilitated.


NIKKB’s implementation research focuses on determining how evidence is best integrated into chiropractic practice. The wider aim is to generate knowledge that is useful across the disciplines of health care.


We will:


  • Describe current practice and any potential ‘evidence-practice gap’ in the care of patients with spinal pain in Danish chiropractic clinics
  • Investigate factors affecting chiropractors’ decisions about imaging in back pain and whether these are in accordance with clinical guidelines
  • Explore how knowledge regarding low back pain course trajectories can be integrated into the clinical consultation
  • Investigate to what extent a shift from a structural and biomedical model towards a more bio-psycho-social model for musculoskeletal pain has been implemented in clinical practice, and how such a shift could be promoted in a balanced way with maximal value for clinical practice
  • Study methods to facilitate the implementation of new skills and insights in NIKKB’s continued professional development program.