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J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2015 Mar;59(1):6-12.

Beyond the spine: a new clinical research priority.

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Division of Health Care and Outcomes Research, Toronto Western Research Institute, University Health Network, University of Toronto, Canada (Donovan, Cancelliere, Cassidy); Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Canada (Cancelliere, Cassidy); Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics, Odense, Denmark (Stochkendahl, Poulsen, Hartvigsen), School of Public Health, University of Montreal, Montreal QC, Canada (Blanchette); KIApro Worklife Healthcare, Herlev, Denmark (Kilsgaard); Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, Faculty of Health, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark (Cassidy, Hartvigsen).

Abstract

in English, French

Over the past two decades, clinical research within the chiropractic profession has focused on the spine and spinal conditions, specifically neck and low back pain. However, there is now a small group of chiropractors with clinical research training that are shifting their focus away from traditional research pursuits towards new and innovative areas. Specifically, these researchers are now delving into areas such as brain injury, work disability prevention, undifferentiated chest pain, hip osteoarthritis, and prevention of pain in children and adolescents to name a few. In this paper, we highlight recent research in these new areas and discuss how clinical research efforts in musculoskeletal areas beyond the spine can benefit patient care and the future of the chiropractic profession.

KEYWORDS:

OA; brain injury; chest pain; chiropractic; research; work disability

PMID:
25729080
PMCID:
PMC4319449

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