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TARGET Project: Preventing Chronic Low Back Pain
TARGET is a quality improvement initiative aimed to help patients with acute lower back pain by finding ways to prevent back pain from becoming chronic. The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Johns Hopkins Community Physicians are collaborating with the University of Pittsburgh.
How TARGET Project Aims to Prevent Chronic Lower Back Pain
- Help primary care providers evaluate patients’ risk of transitioning from acute to chronic lower back pain.
- Help physical therapists collaborate with primary care providers to deliver psychologically informed physical therapy (PIPT) treatment to high-risk patients.
Resources for Physical Therapists
- PT checklist for stratified approach to low back pain
- Introduction to cognitive behavioral therapy: online learning module and a slideshow.
- Other online education modules from the University of Pittsburgh
- Lower back pain risks stratified care
- STarT Back screening tool for back pain disability
- Learn more about PIPT
Resources for Physicians
- Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain: A Joint Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society
- Nonpharmacologic Therapies for Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Review of the Evidence for an American Pain Society/American College of Physicians Clinical Practice Guideline
- ACP Guidelines for Low Back Pain - video
For more information please contact LaPricia Lewis Boyér at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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