The First Research Agenda for the Chiropractic Profession in Europe

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

chiropractic profession

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?


Why was it conducted at all?

Research involving chiropractors is evolving and expanding in Europe while resources are limited. Therefore, we considered it timely to initiate a research agenda for the chiropractic profession in Europe.

What was the objective?

to identify and suggest priorities for future research in order to best channel the available resources and facilitate advancement of the profession

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 19 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

Delphi; survey

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: identification of themes: survey asking participants to list research topics they considered important for the chiropractic profession in Europe. Step 2: data processing. Step 3: Delphi round 1: survey with structured list of domains with specific items asking: Should more research be conducted on…, Should we examine…, and Should we investigate…, subsequently specific items or populations listed, participants were asked to rate each item. Step 4: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to re-rate items. Step 5: Delphi round 3: participants were asked to re-rate items

Which stakeholders took part?

Academics, clinicians. Survey: 25 participants. Delphi round 1: 46 participants. Delphi round 2: 48 participants. Delphi round 3: 41 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Academics and clinicians, who had attended any of the ECU/EAC Researchers' Day meetings since their inception in 2008, were invited to participate.

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders were mere participants of the research prioritization process; they were not actively involved in the process.