International Chiropractic Initiative: UK Researchers Conduct Older People Cohort Study

Two UK based researchers have received funding from the Chiropractic Research Council for the UK arm of an international observational study. This unique international collaboration spans three European countries and Australia, and is the only large-scale international, intercontinental chiropractic initiative of its kind.

Dr Jonathan Field (AECC University College alumni) and Professor Dave Newell, Director of Research at AECC University College, are two of the researchers working on the project; a chiropractic version (BACE-C) of a previous study, Back Complaints in Elders (BACE), conducted in a primary care setting in the Netherlands and Brazil, and presently in Norway.

The study will collect outcomes from elderly patients visiting a chiropractor for low back pain. The over-65s are a common patient demographic seen by chiropractors, but few studies have looked specifically at the outcomes of this group. The study will aim to increase and improve the knowledge base, providing data that can support safer and more effective care for this population. The specific objectives of this study include:

  • Describing the course of low back pain
  • Identifying the patients more likely to benefit from care or suffer an adverse event
  • Examining the barriers and facilitators to chiropractic care

The UK is part of a consortium which consists of partners in the Netherlands (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Sweden (Karolinska Institute) and Australia (University of Sydney), and includes high profile chiropractic researchers, such as Associate Professor Sidney Rubinstein, Dr Iben Axen (alumni), Professor Jan Hartvigsen, and Dr Katie de Luca, as well as internationally respected colleagues, such as Professor Bart Koes and Professor Maurits van Tulder.

Professor Dave Newell, Director of Research at AECC University College commented: “This is a centrally important project, and our AECC University College expertise in Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs), and our strong collaborative and international links with musculoskeletal researchers, has been a key aspect of our involvement in this study.

A central element of this study is the use of Care Response, a web-based PROMs collection system, developed by Dr Jonathan Field, the well-known UK chiropractic researcher and clinician. We are also very grateful for the support of the Chiropractic Research Council in enabling the UK arm of this study.”

For further information about this study, you can visit the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam website. Discover more about our research including PROMs.