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Oscar Javier Pico Espinosa

PhD student

About me

I am a PhD student in Epidemiology and Healthcare science. I am a Medical Doctor from Bucaramanga, Colombia, where I worked in the area of primary healthcare. I completed my master's in Public Health Epidemiology at Karolinska Institutet in 2016, where I studied the association between diabetes mellitus and hyperlipidemia as risk factors for musculoskeletal pain. My main research interest is management of chronic diseases within primary care. In my PhD project, I am looking at the role of manual therapies for the care of patients with chronic neck pain.

Additional interests include methodologies for evaluation of interventions, clinical epidemiology and public health research.

Research description

My PhD project is based on “STONE” (Stockholm Neck Trial) and consists of an assessment of manual therapies for chronic neck pain, namely effects, risk of adverse events and cost-effectiveness, as well as studying the course of the disease. I am applying different methods in my research, including generalized estimating equations, latent class mixed models and cost-effectiveness analysis.

Teaching portfolio

Public Health rotation for Medical students at Universidad Industrial de Santander (2014) Research methodology I at The Scandinavian College of Naprapathic Manual Medicine (2016) Supervision of bachelor thesis at The Scandinavian College of Naprapathic Manual Medicine (2017-2018)


Medical Doctor. Universidad Industrial Santander. Colombia 2012.

Master's in Public Health Epidemiology. Karolinska Institutet. Sweden 2016.

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Swedish Institute Study Scholarship for master studies (2014-2016)

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