Low Back Pain Patient Education Evaluation

Not Recruiting

Trial ID: NCT00000408


Back pain is one of the most common of all symptoms. It is also a great cause of days lost from work and visits to health care providers. This study will develop and evaluate an approach to low back pain that allows subjects to talk with each other and with health professionals via an Internet discussion group. Results we will look at include health behaviors, such as exercise; health status, such as pain and disability; and health care use, such as number of visits to doctors and other health care providers. Anyone 18 years old or older who lives in the United States and has ongoing Internet access can take part in the study. All subjects must have back pain and meet the eligibility criteria listed below.

Official Title

Evaluation of a Low Back Pain Patient Education Program

Stanford Investigator(s)


Inclusion Criteria:

   - Must live in the United States

   - Must understand and write English

   - Must have access to a computer with e-mail and expect to have this access for at least
   3 years

   - Must be 18 years old

   - Must have seen a doctor for back pain at least once in the past year

Exclusion Criteria:

   - Pregnancy

   - Back surgery in the past 6 months

   - Expectation of having back surgery in the next 6 months

   - Back pain due to a car accident or other major injury within the last 6 months

   - Back pain or sciatica due to systemic disease (inflammatory rheumatic diseases, tumor,
   or other)

   - Major physical or mental health condition for which one is currently being treated
   that severely limits daily activities

   - Terminal illness

   - Receiving disability or workers compensation insurance payments for back pain or

   - Presently involved in legal proceedings because of back pain or sciatica

   - Difficulty with bladder or bowel control that began with back pain or sciatica

   - No visits to a doctor in the past year for back pain or sciatica

   - Numbness in crotch area that began with back pain or sciatica

   - Age under 18


procedure: Patient education evaluation

Not Recruiting

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305