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Get Back to Healthy

A study to reduce the burden of low back pain

The Get Back to Healthy is a randomised controlled research project. If you are interested in taking part in the study, the research team will organise a time to discuss the study Participant Information Sheet with you. After signing the consent form, you will be immediately assigned a unique participant study code. This participant code will be used on all study documents to protect your privacy. If you decide to take part in the research project, you will be asked to complete a 5-8 minutes questionnaire to assess if you are eligible to take part in the study.
Once you are enrolled, there are three parts involved in the initial assessment:
1. Completing an electronic questionnaire
2. Wearing a physical activity device for 7 days
3. Completing a 3 minutes weekly diary for 6 months

You have a 50% chance of being put in either of the following two groups:
Usual Care Control Group (Study Group 1): you will be asked to continue with the usual care program that is recommended by your physiotherapist. 
Back Pain Support System Group (Study Group 2): you will be asked to continue with the usual care program that is recommended by your physiotherapist. In addition, you will be asked to take part in a health coaching program delivered over the phone to help support you to achieve healthy lifestyle goals that are important to you (10 sessions over 6 months).

All participants in both study groups will be asked to take part in the follow-up data collection including a fortnight online questionnaire (5 minutes), and online assessments at 6 and 12 months. At 6 months after joining the study, you will also be asked to wear the physical activity device and complete the logbook again for 7 days.

Eligibility

You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  •  are 18 years of age or older
  • present low back pain of at least 12-week duration, with or without leg pain
  • have received treatment for low back pain from a GP, physiotherapist, or chiropractor within the last 6 months
  • have adequate hearing and eyesight to participate safely in physical activity
  • have independent ambulatory status, with or without gait aid

How to participate

If you are interested in assisting with this important and exciting area of research, please check out the website for more information  or contact the study via email: getbacktohealthy.study@sydney.edu.au