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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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Project Areas

To meet the strategic priorities, as presented in our new Research Strategy, the following research areas will be the principal focus towards the end of 2016:

Osteoarthritis is the most commonly diagnosed joint condition and its prevalence is increasing as the population ages. For instance, NIKKB research has shown that osteoarthritis of the hip is a common but under-diagnosed condition in chiropractic practice and it is often chiropractors who make the initial diagnosis of this condition in their patients.

Surgery is an effective treatment option for some patients in end-stage osteoarthritis but there is a need for treatments that can relieve symptoms and maintain function in earlier stages of the condition and postpone surgery as long as possible. Evidence-based interventions in early osteoarthritis of the hip…

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Chest pain is one of the leading causes of hospitalization, but only around half of the patients admitted to chest pain clinics and cardiology departments complaining of chest pain are suffering from a cardiac condition. A range of other conditions can produce the symptoms of chest pain, one of which is pain and dysfunction in the musculoskeletal system.

Researchers from NIKKB have shown that it is possible to identify patients suffering from musculoskeletal chest pain and that treatment by chiropractors appears to be an effective intervention for this sub-group of patients. However, there are still many unanswered questions and NIKKB…

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Low back and neck pain are the most frequent and costly musculoskeletal conditions in Denmark and the most common reasons for seeking chiropractic care. Too little is known about primary care for spinal pain with respect to the course of pain, the factors related to prognosis, and who will benefit from which interventions.  NIKKB has initiated projects about the clinical course, prognostic factors, and sub-groups in low back pain and plans to extend this research to midback and neck pain in the near future.

Specifically, we will:

•    Advance the sub-grouping of patients based on clinically useful classification, the…

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Epidemiological research deals with the mapping of health and disease in populations and the study of factors affecting onset and prognosis. Therefore, it provides a good basis for the identification of modifiable risk factors that could enhance prevention in all, or in subgroups of, patients. In Denmark, we have unique opportunities for linking information from large population-based databases and public registries using the person-specific identification number (CPR). Thus, information on a wide variety of health, lifestyle, work and social issues can be obtained about patients and cohorts with the possibility for long-term follow-up. NIKKB’s collaborators in this area include The…

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