The Chronic Pain Statewide Clinical Network through the leadership of the Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health (the CEIH) is undertaking a project to support more appropriate and consistent care for people with low back pain in the community.
Low back pain is a common, costly, and complex condition for which there is no one-size fits all solution. Unfortunately, many people with low back pain rely on the hospital system for treatment. However, evidence shows that most people can be appropriately managed in the community if they have access to services which follow best-practice clinical guidelines.
The optimal system of care for the management of low back pain aims to:
– Improve the early assessment, management, review, and appropriate care pathway navigation for people with low back pain.
– Reduce low back pain related presentations to the Emergency Department by delivering a viable best-practice alternative.
– Encourage self-management and usual activity by the person experiencing low back pain, empowering the person in their care journey.
– Promote multidisciplinary assessment and management of low back pain within a community healthcare setting and care team.