Establishing a research agenda for chiropractic in Europe (WC2012-006)

Background

Starting date: 25/04/2012

Research involving chiropractors is evolving and expanding in several European countries and the number of research papers published by chiropractors is increasing. At the European Chiropractors’ Union/ European Academy of Chiropractic (ECU/EAC) Researchers’ Day in Zurich, Switzerland (June 1st 2011), it was decided amongst the members that we needed to establish a vision for chiropractic research in Europe for the forthcoming five to ten years. This is in line with the results from a survey conducted by the EAC Research Council, which recently surveyed all ECU member nations. One of the more notable results from that survey was the support of a research agenda (74% of those who responded were in agreement with this item).1

 

Recently, a set of research priorities was established in the UK for non-pharmacological therapies through a consensus process. It was thought that this process would provide impetus for researchers and funders alike and help to improve quality and methodology of future research.2

 

In short, there are two primary reasons why we believe this work is important. Firstly, it will bring the European chiropractic research community together, and through this process, will result in achieving consensus regarding the most important research items. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, no European research agenda has ever been established, in stark contrast to North America, which first established an agenda in 1995,3 and has led to a recent update.4,5

References.

1. Michielsen T. News from the EAC Research Council. BACKspace 2011;27.

2. Foster NE, Dziedzic KS, van der Windt DA, et al. Research priorities for non-pharmacological therapies for common musculoskeletal problems: nationally and internationally agreed recommendations. BMC Musculoskelet Disord 2009;10:3.

3. Mootz RD, Coulter ID, Hansen DT. Health services research related to chiropractic: review and recommendations for research prioritization by the chiropractic profession. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1997;20:201-17.

4. Haas M, Bronfort G, Evans RL. Chiropractic clinical research: progress and recommendations. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2006;29:695-706.

5. Mootz RD, Hansen DT, Breen A, et al. Health services research related to chiropractic: review and recommendations for research prioritization by the chiropractic profession. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2006;29:707-25.