The intention of the trial is to evaluate if a healthy lifestyle program leads to a significant decrease in disability compared to usual care.
The aim of this study is to test the effectiveness of a coordinated care program that includes: evidence-based advice and education for low back pain; and telephone-based lifestyle, weight management and smoking cessation counselling. Patients randomised to the intervention group will receive a coordinated care intervention targeting healthy lifestyle, with two components: a) clinical intervention from a physiotherapist and dietitian; and b) referral to telephone-based health coaching for weight management (diet and exercise via the NSW Get Healthy Service), and smoking cessation (counselling by the NSW Quitline) for those participants who identify as smokers. Patients allocated to the control group will receive usual care management via a hospital physiotherapy department. This may include up to three clinical appointments.
This study is currently recruiting. You may be eligible to participate in this study if you are 18 years of age or older with low back pain of more than three months duration, and have a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater or equal to 25 kg/m2.
Principal Investigator: Dr Christopher Williams (HNEH, University of Newcastle)
Institute for Musculoskeletal Health Investigator: Associate Professor Steve Kamper (IMH)
For more information about this Centre for Pain, Health and Lifestyle project, please contact Miss Emma Robson. This study has received ethics approval from the Hunter New England Research Ethics & Governance Office and is funded by the NHMRC.