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Table 4 Results from phase 2, rounds 1 and 2

From: The first research agenda for the chiropractic profession in Europe

Items that were thought to be important, reached consensus and removed from further voting Items that were added following comments from the participants Items that met consensus and were viewed to be important
1. Cost-effectiveness of treatment 1. Effect of chiropractic treatment on: 1. Initiation and promotion of collaborative research efforts
2. Long-term effects of treatment  i. General health and well-being 2. Promotion of chiropractors to obtain their PhDs
   ii. Function and performance 3. Dose-response and frequency of treatment
3. Identification of sub-groups likely to respond to treatment  iii. Quality of life 4. Biological variables as predictors of outcome
 iv. Patient satisfaction 5. Effects and response of treatment on:
4. Effects and response of chiropractic treatment on musculoskeletal pain  v. Non-musculoskeletal conditions  i. Function and performance
5. Clinical findings as predictors of outcome 2. Comparison of the effects of chiropractic care with other professions  ii. Quality of life
6. Prevention of musculoskeletal pain in primary and secondary care 3. Effects of chiropractic care as part of a multi-modal package 6. Establishing clinical research networks throughout Europe
7. Investigate the anatomical and/or neurophysiological basis of chiropractic treatment on musculoskeletal pain 4. Effects of chiropractic treatment on the following specific populations: 7. Prognostic research on the clinical course of musculoskeletal pain
 i. Severely injured or disabled 8. Effects and response in the following specific populations:
 ii. Adults  i. Working population, including prevention in injured workers
 iii. Working population, including injured workers  ii. Geriatrics
5. Examine:  iii. Adolescents
 i. Interaction between biological and psychosocial variables 9. Prevalence, incidence and prevention of musculoskeletal conditions in a working population
 ii. Patient expectations as predictors of outcome  
 iii. Role of imaging as predictor of outcome  
6. Examine prevalence/incidence/prevention of musculoskeletal conditions in the following specific populations:  
 i. Adults  
 ii. Working population, including injured workers  
7. Further explore the following:  
 i. Nature of practice/practice behavior  
 ii. Referral patterns of chiropractors to other professional groups  
 iii. Ethics of chiropractic practice  
8. Examine the anatomical and/or neurophysiological basis of treatment on:  
 i. Disability and function  
 ii. Neurological processes  
9. Investigate the biomechanics of normal and abnormal joint biomechanics  
10. Investigate the role of fluoroscopy and functional imaging in diagnosing musculoskeletal pain  
11. Examine the role of inter-professional learning within chiropractic education  
12. Promote chiropractic PhDs in academic institutions throughout Europe  
13. Establish clinical research networks throughout Europe  
14. Initiate and promote collaborative research activity  
  1. Note: Disagreement was identified for one item (i.e. theory of the subluxation).