Award for Casper Glissmann Nim at WFC virtual congress

Danish researcher Casper Glissmann Nim received the New Investigator Award for his paper The temporal stability of self-reported visual back pain trajectories at the recently held WFC virtual congress.

Naturally, he is very proud of the award and the recognition it symbolises:

- The award means a lot to me. First and foremost, it was a completely different subject and work from my PhD for me. Secondly, it is also recognition of the enormous work we as a research team have put into it. Right from the start it was a very educational and good co-operation with alle the co-authors Alice Kongsted, Aron Downie and Werner Vach and everybody contributed substantially to the study and the paper, says Casper Glissmann Nim.

In the study the researchers investigated the stability of self-reported visual pain trajectories at a given point in time one year apart. There is an indication that patients’ pain trajectories are stable over time but there is currently very little research. Casper Glissmann Nim therefore decided to investigate if self-reported pain trajectories were stable over time and if a shift to a different pain trajectory was connected to a clinical change e.g., disability.

- We used data from ChiCo (1323 chiropractic patients) and from the GLA:D Back register (1135 patients). All participants were able to identify one of 8 different visual pain trajectories at the time of inclusion and after 12 months. We studied stability as proportions and odds-ratios for remaining and for shifting between pain trajectories. To assess if a shift was connected to clinical change, we used logistic regression to compare shifts to a “more favourable” or “less favourable” pain trajectory with the change of clinical aims, Casper Gismman Nim explains.

- We discovered that many patients remain in the same or similar pain trajectory after one year and that a shift to a different pain trajectory was connected to relevant clinical changes. This indicates that visual pain trajectories can be used to describe changes in patients’ LBP and maybe be used in research and clinical practice.

In addition to the recognition an international award brings, Casper Glissmann Nim received 3,000 US Dollars in prize money. Furthermore, it must be evident form the paper when it is published that it is an award-winning paper.

Congratulations to Casper Glissmann Nim on the recognition of his work.