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Human Studies

2020 Dec 12

BMJ Open



Study protocol randomised controlled trial comparison of cost-utility and cost-effectiveness of a face-to-face rehabilitation programme versus a telemedicine programme in the treatment of patients with chronic low back pain.


Castro-Sanchez AM, Matarán-Peñarrocha G A, Gómez-García S, García-López H, Andronis L, Albornoz-Cabello M, Lara Palomo IC
BMJ Open. 2020 Dec 12; 10(12):e040633.
PMID: 33310802.


Chronic lower back pain is a highly prevalent medical condition in Western countries, which that incurs a considerable social and economic burden. Although prescription exercise at home for chronic pain has become a widely used alternative to reduce healthcare costs, the evidence regarding patient adherence and decreased in costs in European countries is scarce and inconclusive. The objective of this study is to examine the cost-utility and cost-effectiveness in patients with chronic lower back pain treated with the McKenzie Method and electroanalgesia via a telemedicine programme versus a face-to-face programme.