Better management of musculoskeletal conditions

Musculoskeletal conditions are prevalent and burdensome, commonly requiring health care.

An illustration of a human body.

We are a research group with broad clinical experience and multidisciplinary networks driving regional, national and international projects.

Our research is funded by Swedish Research Council national project grants and county clinical research in medicine grants as well as the Research Council in Southeast Sweden.

The purpose of this research program is to evaluate and implement evidence-based care for musculoskeletal conditions. The goal is to improve health care quality, patient function, activity, self-care enablement and health related quality of life 

The following projects are included in the research program:

  • The development and evaluation of effectiveness, implementation and quality of best practice models of care for musculoskeletal conditions
  • The effectiveness of physiotherapeutic interventions in degenerative musculoskeletal conditions including prehabilitation and rehabilitation for patients receiving surgical interventions
  • Etiology and prevention of spinal deformities

Our research is focused on reducing the prevalence and burden of musculoskeletal conditions which rank highest in the Global Burden of Disease. This through developing and implementing sustainable high-quality health care.

Research projects




Publications from Allan Abbot


Elias Diarbakerli, Olof Thoreson, Martin Björklund, Leif E. Dahlberg, Martin Englund, Paul Gerdhem, Joanna Kvist, Maziar Mohaddes, Anneli Peolsson, Ola Rolfson, Birgitta Öberg, Allan Abbott (2024) Swedish musculoskeletal researchers view on a collaborative network and future research priorities in Swedish healthcare Musculoskeletal Care, Vol. 22 Continue to DOI
Anastasios Charalampidis, Elias Diarbakerli, Marlene Dufvenberg, Kourosh Jalalpour, Acke Ohlin, Anna Aspberg Ahl, Hans Möller, Allan Abbott, Paul Gerdhem (2024) Nighttime Bracing or Exercise in Moderate-Grade Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis JAMA Network Open, Vol. 7, Article e2352492 Continue to DOI
Paul Enthoven, Linnea Menning, Birgitta Öberg, Karin Schröder, Maria Fors, Yvonne Lindbäck, Allan Abbott (2024) Physiotherapists' experiences of implementation of the BetterBack model of care for low back pain in primary care - a focus group interview study Physiotherapy Theory and Practice Continue to DOI