For a research project on “care pathways for patients with low back pain” we are looking for international expertise in this area. Low back pain is a common problem, with a lifetime prevalence of up to 80%, which results in a tremendous cost for society in terms of direct medical costs and costs from loss of productivity. Moreover, the condition is characterized by a tendency for over-medicalisation and medical overconsumption. Therefore, we want to investigate what lessons can be learned from the care pathways organized elsewhere to manage low back pain and limit its impacts.
For this research, we are looking for international expertise and therefore, we would like to know who you consider as an expert on this topic in your country. If you could provide us with a contact in one or more “centers of excellence” on care pathways for low back pain, this would be really helpful.
Please send your suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org
I hereby also want to inform you that EPA is planning a new Summer School on Care Pathways and Care Process Organization in September 2017. More information will be available soon.
Prof. Dr. Kris Vanhaecht
European Pathway Association