ECCRE-funded research projects generally well underway

In 2016, following its first ever call for applications for funding from its research fund, ECCRE awarded its first grants to European Research grants in the musculoskeletal field. ECCRE grants are awarded as co-funding, and with the two projects that have been awarded grants in 2018, mentioned below, ECCRE have to date awarded grants to a total of eight research projects covering a wide range of subjects.

The research projects are generally well underway; five of the six projects which received funding from ECCRE in 2016 and 2017 are progressing according to schedule. All Principal Investigators have submitted their first progress reports to ECCRE and all projects have received their funding according to the schedules laid down for each project.

A more detailed run-down of the projects shows that:

Mauritz van Tulder and his co-investigators have initiated the planning phase of their project ‘Back Complaints in Elders (BACE): A prospective, longitudinal analysis of older people with low-back pain in chiropractic care’. They are now in the process of creating the Dutch version of Care Response and are working out the logistics for sending the questionnaires. Their Swedish partners have submitted their ethics committee application and the investigators will submit theirs soon.

The overall progress of Andreas Eklund’s project ‘Chiropractic Maintenance care – cost-utility, psychological factors and pain trajectories’ is following the planned project timeline except for a few changes in the timing of the projects. Two of the four papers recording the four study objectives are in the final stages of completion, while the two remaining papers are in the stage of data analysis. All four papers will be completed in 2018 and the final report is expected towards the end of the year.

CARL, the ‘International Chiropractic Research Leadership and Capacity Building Program’ by Jan Hartvigsen and co-investigators, have held two of the three planned 5 day residentials, in Odense, Denmark, in 2017 and in Edmonton, Canada, in 2018. Both residentials included guest lectures from successful young researchers, experienced musculoskeletal research leaders, experts on management and leadership as well as many workshops and social activities. The final residential is scheduled to be held in Australia in 2019. CARL Fellows have submitted a variety of papers to peer-reviewed journals and have completed numerous leadership activities, and a fellow-driven newsletter has been released and will continue to be released twice a year. In the week following the residential in Edmonton, the CARL Fellows took part in and showcased their abilities at the Canadian Chiropractic Association Convention in Calgary.

Cecilie K. Øverås and co-investigators’ PhD-project ‘Pain in the spine and elsewhere - patterns and consequences; an epidemiological study’ is progressing according to the planned time schedule. The Principal Investigator, Cecilie K. Øverås is attending PhD courses, submitted a protocol for a systematic review and is in the process of carrying out the systematic review as well as supervising bachelor students at the University of Southern Denmark. Later this year, she will begin work on the data from HUNT, and Cecilie K. Øverås and her research group at IMS, NTNU have received a large grant for a larger study called ‘Back Up’. In relation to this study, she has been invited to do a systematic review by her supervisor.

The first publication from the project ‘The effect of chiropractic treatment on infantile colic: A randomised controlled single-blind study’ by Lise Vilstrup Holm has been accepted for publication. The publication is a study protocol titled ‘The effect of chiropractic treatment on infantile colic: study protocol for a single-blind randomized controlled trial’ (DOI: 10.1186/s12998-018-0188-9 CHMT-D-17-00074.1)

The total amount of patients included up till now is 141 out of 200 intended. At present more than 2/3 of these have been included. With the present inclusion rate the Principal Investigator expect the inclusion to be finished by the end of 2018.

The end date of Ellen Aartun’s project ‘Development of an ICF-based assessment schedule for manual medicine’ has been changed to the end of August 2018, because the Principal Investigator has been on sick leave. The co-investigators have been looking for a potential new Principal Investigator and the project investigators have held a meeting with ELIB and ECCRE and have presented ELIB and ECCRE with a plan B.

The next progress reports from the Principal Investigators are due in October and November 2018.

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