Research professorship to focus on back pain
Dalhousie University and the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF) have established a research professorship in community health and epidemiology.
Dr. Jill Hayden was awarded the Dalhousie CCRF Research Professorship in Epidemiology. A chiropractor whose research focuses on back pain, Hayden's expertise includes musculoskeletal health. In the professorship position, Dr. Hayden will conduct research on prognosis and treatment of chronic low back pain (LBP).
In Nova Scotia, people between the ages 20 and 44 report having back problems more than any other health condition. The economic and societal burdens of chronic LBP in Nova Scotia are significant; back problems comprised nearly one third of all time-loss injuries in 2008 (2,541 of 8,050 injuries). Sprains and strains, which non-specific LBP is typically classified as, remains the most common nature of time-loss injury in the province, representing 48.8% of time-loss claims.
Through this professorship, Dr. Hayden brings international research projects and collaborations to Dalhousie. She has been involved with the Cochrane Collaboration for many years, and is founding director of the Nova Scotia Cochrane Resource Centre. One of Dr. Hayden's upcoming research projects will explore the best and most cost effective types of exercise therapy for people experiencing chronic LBP.
This is the first professorship of its kind at Dalhousie. The CCRF has established other professorships and research chairs at universities throughout Canada, advancing clinical research, biomedical research, health services research, and population health studies across the country.
"This is a fabulous opportunity to help bring chiropractic research further into the mainstream of clinical practice by increasing the quality and quantity of evidence to improve clinical decision-making in the field." -- Dr. Adrian Levy, department head, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University
"This research professorship, at one of Canada's leading universities, provides the opportunity for the chiropractic profession to take the new knowledge it creates through research and integrate it into Canada's health research and health care systems so that Canadians benefit." -- Dr. Allan Gotlib, executive vice-president, Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation
"I am pleased to be the recipient of this CCRF/Dalhousie University professorship and appreciate the commitment of the chiropractic profession to advancing science. This award will allow me to conduct research that will help us better understand how to treat patients who are experiencing back pain." -- Dr. Jill Hayden, assistant professor, Department of Community Health & Epidemiology, Dalhousie University
"This professorship fits into the Dalhousie Department of Community Health and Epidemiology's s ongoing efforts to bring better evidence into clinical decision-making, health services delivery, and health promotion and prevention." -- Mr. Mat Whynott, MLA representing Minister of Health Maureen MacDonald
|Dr. Jill Hayden|
Dalhousie CCRF Research Professorship in Epidemiology
- Allison Gerrard, Dalhousie Medical School, 902-494-1789, email@example.com