Back Pain Choices

Development of Back Pain Choices

The low back pain management algorithm, Back Pain Choices, was a distillation of the recommendations from evidence-based clinical practice guidelines produced by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council, The United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and the guideline jointly produced by the American Pain Society and American College of Physicians.

A beta version of Back Pain Choices was developed in April 2012. Key authors from the three parent guidelines (Prof Roger Chou, Prof Martin Underwood, Dr Simon French), and an expert GP musculoskeletal researcher (Prof Christian Mallon), reviewed the beta version to judge that the output fairly reflected the parent guidelines. Written comments were collated to common themes and changes were incorporated into the algorithm and Back Pain Choices.

Acknowledgements

The George Institute and The National Prescribing Service would like to acknowledge the valuable input from the following people who greatly assisted the development of Back Pain Choices:

  • Professor Martin Underwood Head of Division, Division of Health Sciences, Warwick Medical School, The University of Warwick
  • Professor Roger Chou, Department of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University.
  • Professor Christian Mallen, Professor of General Practice, Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre, Keele University, The United Kingdom
  • Dr Simon French, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University

The following contributed to the development of Back Pain Choices:

  • The George Institute for Global Health - Dr David Peiris; Mr Chris Williams; Prof Chris Maher; Dr Julie Redfern;
  • NPS Better choices, Better health - Mr Christopher Hayward; Ms Mallory Allsopp; Dr James Reeve, Dr Jonathan Dartnell, Dr Clare Weston, Mr Mark Davis, Mr Michael Ahearn and Mr Andrew Sung-Hoon Jun, Mr Ben Smythe.

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