Update on the HELP Trial

Update on the Healthy Lifestyle for Low Back Pain Program (HELP) Randomised Controlled Trial

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The NHMRC funded Healthy Lifestyle for Low Back Pain Program (HELP) Randomised Controlled Trial has finally begun piloting as of last week!

Over a year of planning the intervention, it is almost ready to go. We are currently piloting the patient appointments with physiotherapists, delivering the intervention and the processes involved in data collection and bookings.  A total of 4 patients have been booked in for appointments with the physiotherapists to pilot the intervention. So far the feedback has been positive and exciting! The very first patient rebooked for a follow-up appointment and was successfully referred to the Get Healthy Service.

There are a few finer details that still need to be ironed out before we hit the ground running with implementation including training days for survey interviewers, patient handouts and booking processes. We are aiming for plans to be finalised and to begin recruiting for the trial in August. We have a final goal of recruiting 346 patients to the trial so hopefully, we have some exciting updates towards the end of the year regarding recruitment.

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