notes (if applicable):
|Why this is important:- Improved understanding of low back pain and its management are identified as key components of care by both patients and healthcare professionals. This guideline emphasises the importance of patient choice, which can only be exercised effectively if people have an adequate understanding of the available options. Extensive research literature addresses the education of adults using a wide variety of techniques, but studies of patient education for people with low back pain have focused almost exclusively on written information. Little evidence is available as to whether such materials are the most effective way to deliver educational goals. Interdisciplinary projects combining educational and healthcare research methodologies should:
â?¢ identify appropriate goals and techniques for the education of people with low back pain
â?¢ determine efficacy in achieving educational goals
â?¢ determine effects on clinical outcomes, including pain, distress and disability.