Andreas Eklund

BSc (Human Sciences), MSc (Hons) Chiropractic, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden


Research interests and skills

Andreas Eklund earned this PhD degree 2016, and the title of his thesis was “Recurrent and persistent low back pain – course and prevention”. He currently works as a Post-Doctoral fellow at Karolinska Institutet along his clinical duties at a primary care rehabilitation unit. His research has mainly focused on psychological factors in Chiropractic populations, Maintenance Care and has a particular interest in clinical outcome research applicable to the practicing chiropractor.

Andreas is the co-founder of Hälsan Östertälje, a multidisciplinary primary care rehabilitation unit, working as an integrated team of health professionals, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Occupational therapists and Dietitians. At the moment he also serves as the chair of the scientific committee of the Swedish Chiropractic Association. In 2016 he was awarded Chiropractor of the Year by the Swedish the Chiropractic Association and won the EAC Jean Robert research award (1st prize).



Ongoing research

  • Effect and cost-effectiveness of Chiropractic Maintenance Care (MC).

  • Psychological subgroup analysis and pain trajectories of MC patients.

  • Exploring the mechanism of MC, effect on the pain trajectory around visits and risk for recurrent episodes.

  • Long-term clinical course of chiropractic patients among
    psychological subgroups.

  • Role of expectations on clinical outcomes in chiropractic practice.


Research publications

  • Eklund A, Jensen I, Lohela-Karlsson M, Hagberg J, Leboeuf-Yde C, Kongsted A, Bodin L, Axén I. The Nordic Maintenance Care program: Effectiveness of chiropractic maintenance care versus symptom-guided treatment for recurrent and persistent low back pain-A pragmatic randomized controlled trial. PLoS One. 2018 Sep 12;13(9):e0203029. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0203029. eCollection 2018. [Download here]

  • Eklund A, Bergström G, Bodin L, Axén I. Do psychological and behavioral factors classified by the West Haven-Yale Multidimensional Pain Inventory (Swedish version) predict the early clinical course of low back pain in patients receiving chiropractic care? BMC Musculoskelet Disord., 2016, Feb, 12;17(1):75 [Download here]

  • Eklund A, Jensen I, Lohela-karlsson M, Leboeuf-yde C, Axen I. Absence of low back pain to demarcate an episode: a prospective multicentre study in primary care. Chiropr Man Therap, 2016, Feb, 18;24:3 [Download here]

  • Eklund A, Bergström G, Bodin L, Axén I. Psychological and behavioral differences between low back pain populations: a comparative analysis of chiropractic, primary and secondary care patients. BMC Musculoskelet Disord, 2015, Oct, 19; 16:306 [Download here]

  • Eklund A, Axen I, Kongsted A, Lohela-Karlsson M, Leboeuf-Yde C, Jensen I. Prevention of low back pain: effect, cost-effectiveness, and cost-utility of maintenance care – study protocol for a randomized clinical trial. Trials. 2014;15 (1):102. [Download here]

  • Leboeuf-Yde C, Rosenbaum A, Axén I, Eklund A, Lövgren PW, Jørgensen K, Halasz L, Wedderkopp N. The Nordic Sub population Research Programme: Prediction of treatment outcome in patients with low back pain treated by chiropractors. Does the psychological profile matter? Chiropractic & Osteopathy, 2009 Dec 30; 17:14. [Download here]

  • Axén I, Jensen I, Eklund A, Halasz L, Jørgensen K, Lange F, Lövgren P, Rosenbaum A, Leboeuf-Yde C. The Nordic Maintenance Care Program: when do chiropractors recommend secondary and tertiary preventive care for low back pain? Chiropractic & Osteopathy, 2009 Jan 22; 17:1. [Download here]

  • Axén I, Rosenbaum A, Eklund A, Halasz L, Jørgensen K, Lövgren PW, Lange F, Leboeuf-Yde C. The Nordic maintenance care program – case management of chiropractic patients with low back pain: A survey of Swedish chiropractors. Chiropractic & Osteopathy, 2008 Jun 18; 16:6. [Download here]