The Active Back Programme - A model for multidisciplinary persistent lower back pain rehabilitation.
The RNOH Active Back Programme (ABP) is a residential multi-disciplinary rehabilitation programme for people with persistent lower back pain. The aims of the ABP are to decrease the effects of pain on lifestyle by facilitating behavioural change through building self-efficacy and confidence. The long term goal is to reduce healthcare utilisation and hence the economic burden of back pain. Recent emerging evidence has highlighted the importance of targeting patient-specific fear avoidance. This shift in approach has significantly impacted the outcomes that therapy can achieve in terms of pain reduction and disability.
The purpose of this evaluation was to gauge the short-term outcomes at three months following completion of the ABP using measures of self-efficacy, confidence and physical capacity.