Journal article

Engaging consumers living in remote areas of Western Australia in the self-management of back pain: a prospective cohort study

Helen Slater, Andrew M Briggs, Samantha Bunzli, Stephanie J Davies, Anne J Smith, John L Quintner

BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2012


BACKGROUND: In Western Australia (WA), health policy recommends encouraging the use of active self-management strategies as part of the co-care of consumers with persistent low back pain (LBP). As many areas in WA are geographically isolated and health services are limited, implementing this policy into practice is critical if health outcomes for consumers living in geographically-isolated areas are to be improved. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study, 51 consumers (mean (SD) age 62.3 (± 15.1) years) participated in an evidence-based interdisciplinary pain education program (modified Self Training Educative Pain Sessions: mSTEPS) delivered at three geographically isolated WA sites. Self..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge financial and in kind support from the Department of Health (Government of Western Australia), Arthritis and Osteoporosis WA, Rural Health West, School of Physiotherapy, Curtin University, the Pain Medicine Unit at Fremantle Hospital Health Service, and the WA Musculoskeletal Health Network. Elizabeth Forrester, Melanie Galbraith, Eric Visser, Carl Graham, Jennifer Roe, Sue Wilkinson and Diana Barron are acknowledged for their contribution to the regional education forums. The WA State Health Research Advisory Council (SHRAC) translational research scheme is acknowledged for providing competitive grant funding to develop the original STEPS project in 2007-2008.