Look for the Back-UP self-management resources in your own language

As part of the Back-UP project, Dr Jonathan Hill (from Keele University UK) is leading a task to develop lists of trustworthy online self-management resources for patients with musculo-skeletal problems, adapted to the culture and language of as many European countries as possible.

If you are a health care professional, carer, or a person suffering from neck or low back pain, you can already find a document with such resources in 10 different languages (English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Danish, Swedish, Dutch, Polish and Portuguese).

Check them at http://backup-project.eu/?page_id=84

Evidence‐based treatment recommendations for neck and low back pain across Europe: A systematic review of guidelines

A systematic review made by the research team from the University of Keele, in collaboration with Aston University, the NHS Trust and the University of Southern Denmark, has been published in the European Journal of Pain.

This review includes 17 clinical guidelines from 8 different countries, and 14 treatment options consistently supported by various of them. This provides clinicians with a broad range of mostly non-pharmacological evidence-based treat-ment options to consider for their patients with neck or low back pain.

You can read the full paper here: https://doi.org/10.1002/ejp.1679

Try the NEW FREE Back-UP first contact tool!

The Back-UP first contact tool for clinicians is now live! Try it in:


The content has been designed by clinicians to support initial treatment decision-making for patients with back and neck pain, and it has being designed to work in 12 European languages (English, Italian, Danish, Swedish, Dutch, Spanish, German, Polish, French, Portuguese, Croatian & Norwegian).

The Back-UP free web app offers clinicians and their patients:

  • Useful patient self-management resources in your language
  • Personalised, automated Care Plans for your patients to use as a clinical summary of musculoskeletal consultations
  • Risk stratification with risk-matched treatment options
  • Individualised prediction graphs for each patient’s pain, function and work outcomes

The web app will be made available to you as part of early research testing in 3 stages:

  1. Self-management resources and Care Plan tool
  2. Risk stratification and individualised prediction graphs
  3. My Statistics, enabling you to compare your decision-making to other clinicians

The first 240 clinician users to complete their feedback on the Back-UP web-app will receive a £25 Amazon gift voucher (the vouchers are spread fairly across the different languages).

This project has ethical approval from Keele University UK, for convenience sampling using international professional and clinical networks.

Identifiable patient data is not entered or saved in the Back-UP web app. At this point in its research development the Back-UP web app is not linked to any routine electronic medical record systems. The web app will be made available until mid-December 2020.

We would be delighted if you would try it out in your clinical practice and give us feedback on how to improve it.

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 j.hill@keele.ac.uk

AI in Healthcare Back-UP

Project Showcase and Industry Forum

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

Register at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6774888691513791500


(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 https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6774888691513791500