Gert Bronfort

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Currently Teaching (2013-2014)


  • Clinical trials
  • Systematic reviews
  • Mechanisms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Clinical best practices
  • Health informatics

My professional career has focused on ensuring patients receive the highest quality, research informed care. Prior to becoming a clinical research scientist, I was a practicing chiropractor in Denmark for nearly 20 years. My clinical experience made me realize how critical it is for practicing clinicians to keep up to date with the latest research.

I came to the United States in the 1990s, at a time when little research had been done in the field of chiropractic and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Since then, I have led more than 10 randomized clinical trials for low back, neck and headache conditions and have been fortunate to work with talented researchers from Hennepin County Medical Center, the University of Minnesota, the University of Southern Denmark, the Mayo Clinic, the Minneapolis VA, and the University of Western States. I have also had the pleasure of working with many outstanding faculty and staff at Northwestern who have helped us build one of the most successful research departments among CAM institutions.

I have authored several systematic reviews of the literature and am associate editor for the Cochrane Back Review group. I also have the privilege of serving on the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.




Evans R, Bronfort G, Maiers M, Schulz C, Hartvigsen J. "I know it's changed": a mixed-methods study of the meaning of Global Perceived Effect in chronic neck pain patients. Eur Spine J. 2014 Jan 10. [Epub ahead of print]

Maiers M, Bronfort G, Evans R, Hartvigsen J, Svendsen K, Bracha Y, Schulz C, Schulz K, Grimm R. Spinal Manipulative Therapy and Exercise for Seniors with Chronic Neck Pain. Spine J. 2013 Nov 10. pii: S1529-9430(13)01630-6.

Mieritz RM, Bronfort G, Jakobsen MD, Aagaard P, Hartvigsen J. Reliability and measurement error of sagittal spinal motion parameters in 220 chronic low back pain patients using a 3D measurement device. Spine J. 2013 Nov 8. S1529-9430(13)01625-2. [Epub ahead of print]

Pincus T, Kent P, Bronfort G, Loisel P, Pransky G, Hartvigsen J. Twenty-five years with the biopsychosocial model of low back pain - is it time to celebrate? A report from the Twelfth International Forum for Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain. Spine (Philadelphia, PA 1976). 2013 Aug 21. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23970112

Wegner I, Widyahening IS, van Tulder MW, Blomberg SE, de Vet HC, Brønfort G, Bouter LM, van der Heijden GJ. Traction for low-back pain with or without sciatica. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Aug 19;8:CD003010. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 23959683

Ellingson AM, Yelisetti V, Schulz CA, Bronfort G, Downing J, Keefe DF, Nuckley DJ. Instantaneous helical axis methodology to identify aberrant neck motion. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2013 Aug 1. pii: S0268-0033(13)00162-9. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2013.07.006. [Epub ahead of print]

Bronfort G, Evans R, Anderson AV, Svendsen KH, Bracha Y, Grimm RH. Spinal manipulation, medication, or home exercise with advice for acute and subacute neck pain: a randomized trial. Ann Intern Med. 2012;156(1 Pt 1):1-10.

Bronfort G, Haas M, Evans R, Kawchuk G, Dagenais S. Spinal Manipulation and Mobilization. In Duncan, L, White, K, Watrous, J. Evidence-Based Management of Low Back Pain. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby; 2012;17:229-247.

Bronfort G. High-quality evidence that spinal manipulative therapy for chronic low back pain has a small, short-term greater effect on pain and functional status compared with other interventions. Evid Based Med. 2012;17(3):81-82.

Cassidy JD, Bronfort G, and Hartvigsen J. Should we abandon cervical spine manipulation for mechanical neck pain? No. BMJ. 2012;344:e3680.

Evans R, Bronfort G, Schulz C, Maiers M, Bracha Y, Svendsen K, Grimm R, Jr., Garvey T, Transfeldt E. Supervised Exercise with and Without Spinal Manipulation Perform Similarly and Better Than Home Exercise for Chronic Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2012 May 15;37(11):903-914.

Kay TM, Gross A, Goldsmith CH, Rutherford S, Voth S, Hoving JL, Bronfort G, and Santaguida PL. Exercises for mechanical neck disorders. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012;8:CD004250.

Mieritz RM, Bronfort G, Kawchuk G, Breen A, and Hartvigsen J. Reliability and measurement error of 3-dimensional regional lumbar motion measures: a systematic review. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2012;35(8):645-656.

Bronfort G, Maiers MJ, Evans RL, Schulz CA, Bracha Y, Svendsen KH, Grimm RH, Jr., Owens EF, Jr., Garvey TA, Transfeldt EE. Supervised exercise, spinal manipulation, and home exercise for chronic low back pain: a randomized clinical trial. Spine J. 2011;11(7):585-598.

Leininger B, Bronfort G, Evans R, Reiter T. Spinal manipulation or mobilization for radiculopathy: a systematic review. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2011;22(1):105-125.

Schulz CA, Hondras MA, Evans RL, Gudavalli MR, Long CR, Owens EF, Wilder DG, Bronfort G. Chiropractic and self-care for back-related leg pain: design of a randomized clinical trial. Chiropr Man Therap. 2011;19:8.

Sorensen LP, Krog BR, Kongsted A, Bronfort G, Hartvigsen J. Development of disease-specific quality indicators for Danish chiropractic patients with low back pain. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2011;34(4):204-210.


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