• 11Feb

    Improving educational resources for people with back pain in Sheffield

    The NICE guideline for the assessment and management of low back pain and sciatica in over 16s recommends that “people are provided with advice and information tailored to their needs and capabilities, to help them self-manage their low back pain with or without sciatica, at all steps of the treatment pathway.”

    This project aimed to achieve this recommendation by designing and developing educational resources that could be used by people with low back pain (LBP) accessing the Physioworks service in Sheffield.

    The resources would:

    • Be available throughout the health care journey
    • Provide a consistent and believable explanation of back pain that reflects current scientific evidence
    • Help patients make sense of their own back pain problem
    • Guide patients in the creation of a personal action plan of self-management
    • Aid physiotherapists in the promotion of thinking and behaviours that improve health outcomes for people with back pain
    • Be something service users want and use
    • Be something clinicians felt confident and capable of using
    • Be implementable within the current health service and able to demonstrate added value
    • Be flexible enough to take into account all individuals unique circumstances
    • Be adaptable enough to be used in multiple contexts. (1:1 consultations, group interventions and online)