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iben webIben Axén is a chiropractor in private practise in Stockholm, Sweden, who started to engage in practise-based research in the 1990’s. In 2011, she earned her PhD at Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Stockholm. She currently holds a post-doc position shared between KI and the University of Southern Denmark.

Her research centres on chiropractic care for low back pain (LBP). She has published work regarding predictors of treatment outcome, the clinical course and episodes of LBP and of subgrouping patients. Further, she is involved in the Nordic Maintenance Care Program, including the use of, indications for and outcomes of prevention. Currently, she is leading an RCT regarding preventive care (chiropractic maintenance care) for recurrent and persistent LBP.

Iben Axen’s work is mainly based on data from multicentre longitudinal studies. She is a firm believer in engaging chiropractic clinicians in data collection as part of the implementation process. In several studies, she has used a novel way of frequently measuring outcome using mobile phones and text messages, which allow for detailed studies of conditions that vary over time, for instance LBP.