ECCRE awards funding to two research projects in 2018

The board of ECCRE, the European Centre for Chiropractic Research Excellence, has decided to award grants to two research projects in 2018.

The two projects, which have been part-funded by grants from ECCRE, are:

Development of a core outcome set for Pelvic Girdle Pain; A systematic review, qualitative interviews and Delphi consensus study by Francesca Wuytack PhD, postdoc at the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and her co-investigators

Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) is a common problem and a major cause of disability worldwide with large costs because it can stop people from continuing daily activities including going to work.

There is an urgent need to find effective ways to prevent and manage PGP. Unfortunately, existing studies often measure different outcomes making it difficult to compare findings and determine the most effective interventions.

This problem can be solved by creating a ‘core outcome set’ which is a list of the most important outcomes that researchers and clinicians should always measure in patients with PGP.

Francesca Woytack and her co-investigators’ study will develop such a set of key outcomes to be used in studies on PGP and in clinical practice to promote the health and wellbeing of people with PGP worldwide.

ECCRE has awarded a grant of 63,303 Euros to Francesca Woytack and her co-investigators.

Development of a clinical stratification instrument to improve cost-effectiveness of Chiropractic Maintenance Care by Andreas Eklund, Chiropractor, PhD, postdoc at the Unit of Intervention and Implementation Research for Worker Health, The Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden and his co-investigators.

Non-specific Low Back Pain (LBP) is a common condition affecting a large part of the population. One of the ways to treat non-specific Low Back Pain is Maintenance Care, which is described as a long term management strategy, aimed at preventing future episodes by treating the patient at regular intervals.

The overall objective of this research project is to develop a clinical instrument designed to select the appropriate patients where Maintenance Care is most effective and cost-effective.

The project has a number of specific aims:

To develop a short and less complex screening instrument, aimed at clinical practice.Validate the new instrument.Test if clinicians can classify patients to the correct psychological sub-group compared to the new instrument by using a structured interview.Investigate patients’ preferences regarding MC concerning barriers and facilitators of engaging in such a care plan.

ECCRE has awarded a grant of 172,516 Euros to Andreas Eklund and his co-investigators.