An internet-based approach to enhance self-management of chronic low back pain in the Italian-speaking population of Switzerland: Results from a pilot study

Peter Johannes Schulz, Sara Rubinell, Uwe Hartung

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Abstract

Objective: To illustrate the development and pilot evaluation of a website designed to enhance self-management of chronic low back pain for the Italian-speaking population of Switzerland. Methods: 20 patients affected by chronic low back pain used a website - specifically created for the project - For a period of five months, under the monitoring of a team of health professionals. Evaluation was carried out by means of a telephone questionnaire administered at baseline and at the end of the intervention, and intermediate online user-testing performed in the fourth month of the intervention. A control group of 15 patients was created to assist the evaluation. Results: Compared to the control group, results from the pilot evaluation suggest a decrease in the intensity of back pain in people with access to the website; an increase in physical activity; a reduction in both medical consultation and the use of painkillers, and a gain in declarative and procedural knowledge. This coincides with a general positive assessment of the website. Conclusion: The study supports the need to test the proposed approach on a wider scale.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-294
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Public Health
Volume52
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2007

Keywords

  • Doctor-patient interaction
  • Health communication
  • Health promotion
  • Internet
  • Management of chronic low back pain
  • Tailoring

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