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About me

Personal background

Education: Doctor of Chiropractic from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, England
Other experience: Practicing as a chiropractor since 1990.

Nationality: Norwegian

Education

Doctor of Chiropractic from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, England, 1990

PhD in Medical Science from Karolinska Institutet, 2011

Research description

My research is centered round low back pain and manual therapy. In our research group, we have studied the course/trajectory and the prevention of recurrent and persistent low back pain. We are also studying the neurological effects of manual therapy. A hallmark of my research is a Practice-Based Research Network, i.e. a group of clinicians all over Sweden that are helping with data collection. This ensures sufficiently large and relevant datasets and stimulates an interest for research results among the end users.

My doctoral project were, thanks to frequent measures over time (collected with text messages), able to show detailed trajectories of pain over time. These clinical trajectories were used as the basis of sub-grouping patients.

My post-doc-project investigated prevention of recurrent and persistent low back pain. Two existing strategies for preventive care were studied in a randomized controlled trial to evaluate effect and cost-effectiveness.

 

I am currently engaged in:

1: BACE (BAck Complaints in Elders), an international study that investigates the trajectory of low back pain in patients over 55 years. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/327868142_Back_Complaints_in_Elders_in_Chiropractic_Care_BACE-C_An_International_Cohort_Study

2: Back-UP, a Horizon2020-project. The aim of this project is to develop a clinical tool to improve the care of patients with neck- and back-pain in Europe. This tool will ensure evidence-based care, minimize unnecessary interventions and increase shared decision-making involving the patient. http://backup-project.eu/

3:SPARC (Spinal Pain and Autonomic Responses to Chiropractic care). In this randomized study, heart rate variability and pain-responses are investigated in relation to chiropractic care of patients with persistent neck pain.

Academic honours, awards and prizes

2017: Jean Robert Research Prize, European Chiropractors’ Union

2010: Jean Robert Junior Research Prize (the European Academic Chiropractic Research Council).

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