Self-Management for Back Pain – Key Points for Clinicians
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Engaging our patients in their own care is a critical driver of positive outcomes! This Review provides practical advice to leverage your positive influence on your patients...a great job by this chiropratcic author group!
Across many non-communicable chronic conditions, there is a shift away from clinician-led management, towards patient-centred management, with the patient playing an active role in their care. For persistent low back pain (LBP) this is no different, as forming partnerships between patients and the clinician can help people engage in activities they value.
In the literature and among clinicians, many terms are used interchangeably without clear definitions, such as ‘self-care’, ‘self-management’, ‘symptom management’ and ‘self-efficacy’. Self-care is defined as the actions people take to stay healthy, aiming to prevent disease, maintain good health and cope with illness and disability. Self-management is defined as the ability of an individual to manage their symptoms, treatment, physical and psychological consequences. Symptom management includes actions taken by the patient, clinician or both to decrease the patient’s distress and symptom consequences, and self-efficacy is one’s belief in their ability to influence events that affect their lives.
This paper is discusses self-management in relation to persistent LBP, with a focus on the role of the clinician.
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This paper was published in the Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy (2021) and this Review is posted in Recent Reviews, Low Back Pain, Clinical Practice and the 2021 Archive.