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Human Studies

2019 Aug 10

BMJ Open



Identifying psychosocial characteristics that predict outcome to the UPLIFT programme for people with persistent back pain: protocol for a prospective cohort study.


Thomson H, Evans K, Dearness J, Kelley J, Conway K, Morris C, Bisset L, Scholten-Peeters G, Cuijpers P, Coppieters MW
BMJ Open. 2019 Aug 10; 9(8):e028747.
PMID: 31401599.


Prognostic screening of people with low back pain (LBP) improves utilisation of primary healthcare resources. Whether this also applies to secondary healthcare remains unclear. Therefore, this study aims to develop prognostic models to determine at baseline which patients with persistent LBP are likely to have a good and poor outcome to a 5-week programme of combined education and exercise ('UPLIFT') delivered in a secondary healthcare setting.