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

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

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 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ai-in-healthcare-the-back-up-project-tickets-96645909517. Save the date!

Participate in Back-UP’s Vignette Study!

Roessingh Research and Development is conducting a study in the framework of the Back-UP project, to investigate which biological, physical, economic and psychosocial factors play the most important role in decision-making for neck and low back pain.

If you are a healthcare professional in pain rehabilitation, you are welcome to help us find what are the most important decision factors in your domain.

In order to participate, you only have to go to http://www.vignetstudy.nl/ , where you will be presented with a set of patient cases, and some questions to be answered through a simple questionnaire with multiple choices. The assessment of all cases takes approximately 20 minutes.

Help us improve the quality of health care in neck and low back pain!

Back-UP project reaches two years

The Consortium meeting of the Back-UP project to celebrate its second year took place at Empirica GmbH’s facilities in Bonn, on November 27th and 28th 2019.

The first studies made with the mockups and prototypes of the Back-UP platform (usability study, and design of the retrospective study) where shared with the project partners. Technical partners explained in a demo session how the platforms based on Antari HomeCare and Multi-X are connected to improve the user experience, and plans were made for the dissemination strategy and the involvement of industry stakeholders in the forthcoming final year of the Project.

Project partners in the Consortium Meeting

Next Consortium meeting will be in UK in June 2020, in order to prepare the final actions of the project.

WHO recommendations for back pain care

The Bulletin of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently pusblished an “Policy and Practice” article giving recommendations for back pain care, based on six of the major international clinical guidelines released since 2016. This report emphasizes the importance of adopting a stratified approach to care, and recommends the following care practices for different stages:

  1. Deliver advice to remain active, education and reassurance of patients in first step care.
  2. Physical and psychological therapies in second step care for acute pain, plus complementary therapies for stress reduction (mindfulness, yoga, Tai-Chi, etc.) for chronic pain.
  3. Multidisciplinary pain management involving teams of clinicians in third step care.

In all cases, care without medication is recommended. Whenever it is needed, it should begin with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs at the lowest effective dose for the shortest time, and opioids should be avoided.

Read the complete article: Care for low back pain: can health systems deliver?, by Adrian C Traeger, Rachelle Buchbinder, Adam G Elshaug, Peter R Croft & Chris G Maher.

Back-UP in EFIC 2019

Today starts EFIC 2019, the 11th Congress of the European Pain Federation, which this year is celebrated in Valencia. The most recent and relevant research on all types of pain is being presented in this internationally recognised event. The poster session of the first day included two contributions from the Back-UP Project: