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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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Project Areas

To meet the strategic priorities presented in our new Research Strategy, we will principally focus on the following research areas:

Individuals with musculoskeletal problems have varied trajectories in terms of pain intensity and levels of activity limitation, ranging from few episodes with mild pain and no activity limitation to more frequent episodes, higher pain intensity and greater activity limitation, and even persistent severe pain and/or significant reduction in activities of daily living and participation in work and social activities.


At present, our ability to predict these trajectories is limited, but recent evidence points towards the benefits of better matching patient profiles and specific treatments. Thus, we need to get better at tailoring interventions.


Based on distinct patient profiles…

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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…

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Life course epidemiology provides a framework to investigate how health and well-being develop over the lifespan - from childhood through adult life and into old age - as well as the factors influencing health trajectories. Thus, life course epidemiology helps us understand when musculoskeletal conditions start, how they progress over time, what affects their prognosis, and whether a prognosis can be modified through prevention or treatment.


Back pain episodes, as well as other musculoskeletal conditions, have traditionally been regarded as individual events, but new knowledge indicates that for many, these are chronic, recurrent conditions.


In addition, evidence is…

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