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A decision support system for self-management of low back pain

Objective

The recent global burden of disease study showed that low back pain (LBP) is the most significant contributor to disability in Europe. Most patients seen in primary care with LBP have non-specific LBP (≥85%), i.e. pain that cannot reliably be attributed to a specific disease/pathology. LBP is the fourth most common diagnosis seen in primary care (after upper respiratory infection, hypertension, and coughing). Self-management in the form of physical activity and strength/stretching exercises constitutes the core component in the management of non-specific LBP; however, adherence to self-management challenging due to lack of feedback and reinforcement. This project aims to develop a decision support system - SELFBACK - that will be used by the patient him/herself to facilitate, improve and reinforce self-management of LBP. Specifically, SELFBACK will be designed to assist the patient in deciding and reinforcing the appropriate actions to manage own LBP after consulting a health care professional in primary care. The decision support will be conveyed to the patient via a smartphone app in the form of advice for self-management. The advice will be tailored to each patient based on the symptom state, symptom progression, the patients goal-setting, and a range of patient characteristics including information from a physical activity-detecting wristband worn by the patient. The second part of the project will evaluate the effectiveness of SELFBACK in a randomized controlled trial using pain-related disability as primary outcome. We envisage that patients who use SELFBACK will have 20% reduction in pain-related disability at 9 months follow-up compared to patients receiving treatment as usual. Process evaluation will be carried out as an integrated part of the trial to document the implementation and map the patients’ satisfaction with SELFBACK. A business plan with a targeted commercialisation strategy will be developed to transfer the SELFBACK technology into the market.

Call for proposal

H2020-PHC-2014-2015

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Sub call

H2020-PHC-2015-single-stage

Coordinator

NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Net EU contribution
€ 1 904 282,96
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Norway

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Region
Norge Trøndelag Trøndelag
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 252 736,25
Address
University Avenue
G12 8QQ Glasgow

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Region
West Central Scotland Glasgow City
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
ROBERT GORDON UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 565 446,25
Address
Garthdee House Garthdee Road
AB10 7QB Aberdeen

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Region
North Eastern Scotland Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
KIOLIS

Participation ended

France
Net EU contribution
€ 355 285,00
Address
6eme Droite 45 Boulevard Vincent-auriol
75013 Paris
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
DET NATIONALE FORSKNINGSCENTER FORARBEJDSMILJO
Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 297 360,00
Address
Lerso Parkalle 105
2100 Kobenhavn

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Region
Danmark Hovedstaden Byen København
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
HEALTH LEADS BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 388 835,41
Address
Plantage Middenlaan 62
1018 DH Amsterdam

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
West-Nederland Noord-Holland Groot-Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
SYDDANSK UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 777 861,25
Address
Campusvej 55
5230 Odense M

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Region
Danmark Syddanmark Fyn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
KLEBERG & KUTTEMANN INNOVATION APS
Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 379 065,38
Address
Gyvelvænget 25
5690 Tommerup St.

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Danmark Syddanmark Fyn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00