Drs. Pierre Côté and Martha Funabashi awarded funding from the CCRF

The Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF) has announced funding for four new National Research Grants. These evidence-based research projects will advance the profession’s knowledge base and contribute to improved care for patients living with muscular, skeletal and nervous system pain.

The Request for Proposals sought dynamic research projects with local, national and global impact and were required to address one or more of the CCRF’s National Research Priorities, which include Basic Science, Clinical Science, Health Systems and Population Health. The four winning submissions were reviewed and recommended by the CCRF’s Research Committee, which will play a role in evaluating the results. “We received a wide range of high-quality proposals from across the country,” said Robert Harris, Executive Director. “On behalf of the CCRF, its Board of Directors, and the Research Committee, congratulations to the following projects and teams.”

Dr. Pierre Côté, associated with the OTU- CMCC Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation received $59,548 for his proposal: Understanding health care utilization for musculoskeletal disorders and disability in Canada: A population-based perspective. The purpose of this study is to fill a knowledge gap and provide essential data to the national and provincial chiropractic associations to inform policy development. Findings will also inform governments and payers about the health care needs of Canadians with musculoskeletal disorders and disability. The goals of Cote and his team are to:

  • Determine which health care providers Canadians consult to manage musculoskeletal pain.
  • Describe the characteristics of Canadians who consult different types of health providers for musculoskeletal disorders and disability


CMCC Faculty member Dr. Martha Funabashi received $50,000 for her proposal: Advancing Patient Safety for Special Populations: Active Surveillance Reporting to Identify Adverse Events Following Chiropractic Care in Older Adults

Inadequate prospective data on the safety of chiropractic care exists for chiropractic patients aged over 65 and the frequency of potential associated adverse events remains unknown. The goals of Funabashi and her colleagues are to:

  • Calculate the frequency of reported adverse events following chiropractic care
  • Explore patient and provider factors associated with reported changes in symptoms


For more information, please visit https://www.canadianchiropracticresearchfoundation.ca/ccrf-unveils-funding-for-new-research-projects/