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Researchers’ Day

21 May 2020, Utrecht

Researchers’ Day is hosted by the European Academy of Chiropractic (EAC) Special Interest Group (SIG) in Research and sponsored by the ECU research arm, the European Centre for Chiropractic Research Excellence (ECCRE). The EAC SIG in Research facilitates interaction and collaboration of European researchers with a background in chiropractic. Each year the EAC SIG in Research hosts the Researchers’ Day in conjunction with the ECU Convention. Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for researchers to interact, learn and formulate common strategies.

Researchers’ Day: 6 CPD hours

Involving chiropractors in research – drivers and barriers?

There are many reasons why researchers want clinicians to take part in their research. For example, to ensure that research is of clinical relevance, to collect data from real world practice, to prepare to implement results in day-to-day clinical practice and to help improve clinicians’ understanding of research. To ensure that research is relevant, funding bodies also increasingly request patient and public involvement (PPI) in the design and development of study projects.

Many chiropractors value research and share these goals. However, it has proved challenging to engage clinicians in research at a practical level.

The goal of Researchers’ Day 2020 is to explore ways of involving clinical chiropractors in research.

Participants will be introduced to examples of ways to do this. Challenges and potential solutions will be discussed with groups workshopping ideas and sharing experiences.


9.00      Welcome and Introduction

Jonathan Field

9.20       Engaging chiropractors in research – Successes and challenges

Alan Jenks, PhD candidate, Vjije Universitet Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Michelle M Holmes, PhD Candidate, University of Southampton, UK


10.45    Practice-based networks as a way of engaging clinicians

Rianne Rozendaal, Coordinator of the PrimEUR general practitioner research network, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
André Bussières, Professor, Chiropractic Department at l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and Assistant Professor, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Lunch break

13:15    Workshop – engaging clinical chiropractors in research
Plenum sharing of ideas from groups


15.15    4 x Short presentations from PhD students        

16.15    Wrap up and goodbye

The day is planned and run by:
Jonathan Field, University of Southampton & Royal College of Chiropractors, UK
Alice Kongsted, NIKKB & University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Register your place