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Human Studies

2019 Aug

PLoS Med



Early occupational intervention for people with low back pain in physically demanding jobs: A randomized clinical trial.


Hansen B B, Kirkeskov L, Begtrup L M, Boesen M, Bliddal H, Christensen R, Andreasen D L, Kristensen L E, Flachs E M, Kryger A I
PLoS Med. 2019 Aug; 16(8):e1002898.
PMID: 31419219.


Occupational medicine seeks to reduce sick leave; however, evidence for an add-on effect to usual care is sparse. The objective of the GOBACK trial was to test whether people with low back pain (LBP) in physically demanding jobs and at risk of sick leave gain additional benefit from a 3-month complex intervention that involves occupational medicine consultations, a work-related evaluation and workplace intervention plan, an optional workplace visit, and a physical activity program, over a single hospital consultation and an MRI.