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A decision support system for self management of low back pain

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Low back pain (LBP) is the most significant contributor to disability in Europe. Most patients have non-specific LBP i.e., pain that cannot reliably be attributed to a specific disease/ pathology. LBP is the fourth most common diagnosis seen in primary care. Self-management in the form of physical activity and strength/ stretching exercises constitutes the core component in the management of non-specific LBP but, adherence to self-management can be challenging.

We are developing a decision support system - SELFBACK - to be used by the patients to facilitate, improve and reinforce self-management of LBP. SELFBACK is be designed to help patients to deciding and reinforce appropriate actions to manage their own LBP after a primary care consultation. Decision support will be conveyed to the patient via a smartphone app tailored to each patient based on the symptom state, symptom progression, the patients goal-setting, and a range of patient characteristics including information from a physical activity-detecting wristband worn by the patient.

In partnership with Syddansk Universitet, Det Nationale Forskningscenter for Arbejdsmiljø, Norges teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet, University of Glasgow, National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Kiolis, Health Leads BV. Funded by EU H2020

Project Acronym SELFBACK
Status Project Live
Funder(s) European Commission Horizon 2020
Value £394,784.00
Project Dates Jan 1, 2016 - Jan 1, 2021

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