First contact Back-UP web app

University of Keele’s team, led by Dr. Jonathan Hill, is developing a first contact web app to support clinicians to quickly send patients relevant information about self-management resources in multiple languages for patients with musculoskeletal problems, as part of a digital tool designed to enable patients to be able to leave the clinical consultation with their own individualized Care Plan.

If you are a clinician that is interested in testing this new webapp during Sept-Nov 2020 with your patients to help further refine it – please email Dr. Hill at

AI in Healthcare Back-UP

Project Showcase and Industry Forum

Wednesday June 24th 2020, 15:00 – 17:00 CEST

Register at:


(Download the PDF version of the agenda)

Start timeSessionSpeakers
14:50Entry to the call
15:00Welcome and introduction to the project Helios De Rosario (IBV), Alex Frangi (Univ. Leeds)
15:05Data analysis tools for improving care of neck and low back pain? Helios De Rosario
15:15Back-UP platform and architecture Milton Hoz de Vila (Univ. Leeds)
15:25 The integration of clinical data from various sources Helios De Rosario
15:35 Example 1: Care Pathways with patient stratification web-app and prediction module Dr. Jonathan Hill (Keele Univ.)
15:45 Prediction models and where in the care pathways they are taking effect Wendy Oude Nijeweme d’Hollosy (RRD, Univ. Twente)
15:55 Example2: selfBACK (rehabilitation) Kerstin Bach (NTNU)
16:05 Example 3: Antari Home Care (eHealth platform) Javier Téllez Chacón (GMV)
16:15The occupational insurance perspectiveIsaac de Castro (MAZ)
16:25Back-UP professional user acceptance study Stephanie Jansen-Kosterink (RRD)
16:35Q&A and the industry perspective: open discussion forumMalte von Tottleben (Empirica GmbH)
16:55Wrap-upHelios De Rosario

The Back-UP Industry Forum goes virtual

Due to the global restrictions for travelling and celebrating events, caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, all the forthcoming events of the Back-UP Project have been modified to make them virtual.

The Workshop and Industry Forum, scheduled for June 24th, will be celebrated on the same date and time, but will be made in the form of a webinar.

You can register to attend now at

Back-UP workshop in the University of Leeds

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this event has been changed into an online webinar. See more information.

The University of Leeds will organize a demonstration and showcase of the Back-UP platform to show researchers, clinicians and healthcare informaticians how academy, healthcare and industry collaborate to improve well-being and return to work after NLBP.

This event will take place on June 24th, in the Nexus building of the University of Leeds, coinciding with the next Consortium meeting of the project.

Registration is open at Save the date!

Association between objectively measured physical behaviour and neck‐ and low back pain: a systematic review

A systematic review made by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Karolinska Institue, Roessingh Research and Development, the University of Twente, the University of Southern Denmark and the Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics, has been published in the European Journal of Pain.

This review reveals that, although having an active lifestyle is usually recommended to reduce and prevent neck or low back pain (NLBP), it is not the amount of physical activity itself the key factor for improvement, since at least among blue-collar workers, physical activity may actually increase the risk. Thus, it is important to take into account the compositional nature of physical behaviour in NLBP patients, and the impact in other health factors.

You can read the full paper here: