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Low Back Pain Patient Education Evaluation

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00000408
First Posted: November 4, 1999
Last Update Posted: May 3, 2013
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Collaborator:
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Kate Lorig, Stanford University
  Purpose
Back pain is one of the most common of all symptoms. It is also a great cause of days lost from work and visits to health care providers. This study will develop and evaluate an approach to low back pain that allows subjects to talk with each other and with health professionals via an Internet discussion group. Results we will look at include health behaviors, such as exercise; health status, such as pain and disability; and health care use, such as number of visits to doctors and other health care providers. Anyone 18 years old or older who lives in the United States and has ongoing Internet access can take part in the study. All subjects must have back pain and meet the eligibility criteria listed below.

Condition Intervention
Low Back Pain Procedure: Patient education evaluation

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Evaluation of a Low Back Pain Patient Education Program

Resource links provided by NLM:


Further study details as provided by Kate Lorig, Stanford University:

Enrollment: 580
Study Start Date: February 1998
Study Completion Date: February 2002
Primary Completion Date: February 2002 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: email discussion group Procedure: Patient education evaluation
No Intervention: rancomized control group
usual care

Detailed Description:
This study will develop and evaluate in a randomized trial a low back pain intervention that allows subjects to talk with each other and with health professionals via an Internet discussion group. The intervention consists of a book and a videotape and is based on interaction with other participants in the program and health professionals through a closed password protected moderated Internet discussion group. Outcome measures include health behaviors, such as exercise; health status, such as pain and disability; and health care use, such as number of visits to doctors and other health care providers. Patients will be randomized either to the treatment group and followed for 6, 12, 18, and 24 months with the intervention.
  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Must live in the United States
  • Must understand and write English
  • Must have access to a computer with e-mail and expect to have this access for at least 3 years
  • Must be 18 years old
  • Must have seen a doctor for back pain at least once in the past year

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnancy
  • Back surgery in the past 6 months
  • Expectation of having back surgery in the next 6 months
  • Back pain due to a car accident or other major injury within the last 6 months
  • Back pain or sciatica due to systemic disease (inflammatory rheumatic diseases, tumor, or other)
  • Major physical or mental health condition for which one is currently being treated that severely limits daily activities
  • Terminal illness
  • Receiving disability or workers compensation insurance payments for back pain or sciatica
  • Presently involved in legal proceedings because of back pain or sciatica
  • Difficulty with bladder or bowel control that began with back pain or sciatica
  • No visits to a doctor in the past year for back pain or sciatica
  • Numbness in crotch area that began with back pain or sciatica
  • Age under 18
  Contacts and Locations
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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00000408


Locations
United States, California
Stanford University
Palo Alto, California, United States, 94305
Sponsors and Collaborators
Stanford University
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Kate R. Lorig, Dr.P.H. Stanford University
  More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: Kate Lorig, professor, Stanford University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00000408     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01AR044939 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Submitted: November 3, 1999
First Posted: November 4, 1999
Last Update Posted: May 3, 2013
Last Verified: February 2003

Keywords provided by Kate Lorig, Stanford University:
Health education
Back injury
Chronic pain
Education/evaluation planning
Outcomes research

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Back Pain
Low Back Pain
Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms