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2022 Dec 19

JMIR Res Protoc



Experiences of Health Care Access Challenges for Back Pain Care Across the Rural-Urban Continuum in Canada: Protocol for Cross-sectional Research.


Crockett K, Lovo S, Irvine A, Trask C, Oosman S, McKinney V, McDonald T, Sari N, Carnegie B, Custer M, McIntosh S, Bath B
JMIR Res Protoc. 2022 Dec 19; 11(12):e42484.
PMID: 36534454.


Back pain is common and costly, with negative impacts on both individuals and the health care system. Rural, remote, and Indigenous populations are at greater risk of experiencing back pain compared to urban and non-Indigenous populations. Potential barriers to health care access among Canadians with chronic back pain (CBP) have been identified; however, no study has used lived experiences of people with CBP to drive the selection, analysis, and interpretation of variables most meaningful to patients.