The majority of people who have a bout of back pain will improve over time whatever treatment they receive. Some people are less fortunate and their back pain doesn’t get better in the same way. We know that is not always easy for health professionals to recognize who will do well and who would benefit from extra care. This leads to some people being referred for treatment that they don’t really need and some people who don’t get the treatment they require.
This is where the STarT Back approach comes in.
STarT Back is an example of a stratified care approach. It matches patients to treatments based on prognosis or risk of poor clinical outcome.
The STarT Back approach uses a simple tool to match patients to treatment packages appropriate for them. This has been shown to:
-Significantly decrease disability from back pain
-Reduce time off work
-Save money by making better use of health resources
Keele University offer FREE online training in the STarT Back stratified care approach to the assessment and management of low back pain. Please visit the Keele University website for more information and to access this online training.