Journal article

Effect of a Consumer-Focused Website for Low Back Pain on Health Literacy, Treatment Choices, and Clinical Outcomes: Randomized Controlled Trial

Paul William Hodges, Leanne Hall, Jenny Setchell, Simon French, Jessica Kasza, Kim Bennell, David Hunter, Bill Vicenzino, Samuel Crofts, Chris Dickson, Manuela Ferreira

JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INTERNET RESEARCH | JMIR PUBLICATIONS, INC | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The internet is used for information related to health conditions, including low back pain (LBP), but most LBP websites provide inaccurate information. Few studies have investigated the effectiveness of internet resources in changing health literacy or treatment choices. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of the MyBackPain website compared with unguided internet use on health literacy, choice of treatments, and clinical outcomes in people with LBP. METHODS: This was a pragmatic, web-based, participant- and assessor-blinded randomized trial of individuals with LBP stratified by duration. Participants were randomly allocated to have access to the evidence-base..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC, Australia)


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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC, Australia; APP1079078 and APP1091302) and the Medibank Health Research Fund. PWH (APP1102905), MF (APP1143593), DH (APP1194737), KB (APP1174431), and JS (APP1157179) are supported by fellowships from the NHMRC. The NHMRC (Australia) and the Medibank Health Research Fund had no role in the study design, collection, analysis, interpretation of data, or the decision to publish.