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Back Pain Treatment: An Exploration of Risk Stratified and Stepped Care Models


21 October 2021


08:00 AM09:30 AM

2021 Global Year Webinar

IASP is offering a webinar series as part of its 2021 Global Year About Back Pain. Webinars will be scheduled and added to this list on a regular basis. Check back often to see when new information is added. All webinars are free for IASP members. Some webinars indicated with an asterisk (*) have a fee for non-members.

Members: Free

Non-members: Free

Length: 90 minutes


This webinar will explore the evidence for risk-stratified and stepped care models for back pain, challenges to their implementation, and future directions.


Alice Kongsted, PhD, University of Southern Denmark

Alice Kongsted is a Professor in Musculoskeletal Research in Primary Care at the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark, and a senior researcher at the Chiropractic Knowledge Hub.
Her research interests concern spinal pain with a focus on primary care. This includes investigating how evidence-based care for spinal pain is implemented in practice, and why people with spinal pain conditions have very different outcomes. She has led the development of “GLA:D Back”, a program for implementation of patient education and exercises to support self-management in people with persistent back pain. Until 2009 she worked partly as a chiropractor, and her research combines a clinical background with a strong interest in methodology.
She has been member of working groups for The Danish Health Authority’s development of three national clinical guidelines for treatment of back and neck conditions. In 2018, she was part of the Lancet Low Back Pain Series Working Group that published three papers to call for worldwide attention to the growing burden of back pain.

Jonathan Hill, PhD, School of Medicine, Keele University, United Kingdom

Jonathan Hill qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1994 at Manchester Royal Infirmary in the UK, where he stayed on to also complete an MSc in Physiotherapy. He then worked clinically as an MSK physiotherapist in the UK, India and Australia, and then returned to begin a research career in 1999, in the Musculoskeletal research group at Keele University (UK). He completed his PhD in 2007, to develop and validate the well-known STarT Back risk stratification Tool and then went on as a post-doc researcher to conduct the STarT Back trial published in The Lancet in 2011.

Since then, Jonathan has continued as a researcher at Keele where he is now a Reader in Physiotherapy and Director of Research for the School of Allied Health Professionals. He has continued to focus on risk stratification research and has been involved in the SCOPiC trial testing stratified care in sciatica, the STarT MSK trial testing stratified care in a broad range of MSK conditions in General Practice, and most recently the EU Horizon 2020 project – called Back-UP – which has been focussed on implementing a stratified care approach using individualised prediction models for back and neck pain within a cloud-based IT platform for use across Europe.

Luciola Menezes Costa, PhD, University Cidade de São Paulo – UNICID, Brazil

Luciola Menezes Costa is an associate professor in physical therapy at the University Cidade de São Paulo – UNICID, Brazil. Lucíola is a former associate editor of the Journal of Orthopeadic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT), which is one of the most important journals related to physical therapy research. Her primary areas of research and teaching are related to the management of low back pain in primary care and community settings, particularly in the prognosis of chronic low pain. She also conducts studies of measurement properties of different health-related outcome measures and her research group has adapted many outcome measures into Brazilian-Portuguese. Prior to joining the faculty at UNICID, Dr. Costa received her PhD at The George Institute of Global Health and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney, being part of her PhD candidature focused in clinimetrics research. She published several peer-reviewed articles, being 13 of them focused in cross-cultural adaptation and clinimetrics research. Besides her publications she has been invited to write two chapters in Brazilian books related to measurement properties. Lucíola has been involved in several courses aiming to promote evidence-based physiotherapy in Brazil.


Gabirelle Pagé, PhD, Université de Montréal, Canada

Dr. Pagé is a clinical psychologist and pain researcher in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the Université de Montréal. She is also a scientist at the Research Center of the Centre hospitalier du Université de Montréal. She is a Junir 1 research scholar from the Fonds de recherche du Québec en santé. She is a member of the scientific committee of the strategic initiative on low back pain and co-leads the strategic initiative on the judicious use of opioids of the Quebec Pain Research Network.

Her line of research examines the bidirectional associations between stress and pain, the trajectories from acute to chronic pain, and the impact of mental and physical comorbidities on chronic pain treatment response.

To learn more about the Global Year About Back Pain, please visit: iasp-pain.org/GlobalYear

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