Adam W A Geraghty
Using an internet intervention to support self-management of low back pain in primary care: findings from a randomised controlled feasibility trial (SupportBack).
Geraghty, Adam W A; Stanford, Rosie; Stuart, Beth; Little, Paul; Roberts, Lisa C; Foster, Nadine E; Hill, Jonathan C; Hay, Elaine M; Turner, David; Malakan, Wansida; Leigh, Linda; Yardley, Lucy
Lisa C Roberts
Nadine E Foster
Professor Jonathan Hill email@example.com
Elaine Hay firstname.lastname@example.org
OBJECTIVE: To determine the feasibility of a randomised controlled trial of an internet intervention for low back pain (LBP) using three arms: (1) usual care, (2) usual care plus an internet intervention or (3) usual care plus an internet intervention with additional physiotherapist telephone support.
DESIGN AND SETTING: A three-armed randomised controlled feasibility trial conducted in 12 general practices in England.
PARTICIPANTS: Primary care patients aged over 18 years, with current LBP, access to the internet and without indicators of serious spinal pathology or systemic illness.
INTERVENTIONS: The 'SupportBack' internet intervention delivers a 6-week, tailored programme, focused on graded goal setting, self-monitoring and provision of tailored feedback to encourage physical activity. Additional physiotherapist telephone support consisted of three brief telephone calls over a 4-week period, to address any concerns and provide reassurance.
OUTCOMES: The primary outcomes were the feasibility of the trial design including recruitment, adherence and retention at follow-up. Secondary descriptive and exploratory analyses were conducted on clinical outcomes including LBP-related disability at 3 months follow-up.
RESULTS: Primary outcomes: 87 patients with LBP were recruited (target 60-90) over 6 months, and there were 3 withdrawals. Adherence to the intervention was higher in the physiotherapist-supported arm, compared with the stand-alone internet intervention. Trial physiotherapists adhered to the support protocol. Overall follow-up rate on key clinical outcomes at 3?months follow-up was 84%.
CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrated the feasibility of a future definitive randomised controlled trial to determine the clinical and cost-effectiveness of the SupportBack intervention in primary care patients with LBP.
TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: ISRCTN31034004; Results.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Jan 16, 2018|
|Publication Date||Mar 9, 2018|
|Publisher||BMJ Publishing Group|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
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