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Chronic Low Back Pain Patients' Expectations Toward Physiotherapy (CLBPEXPECT)

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Last updated:11th Apr 2014

Non-specific chronic low back pain guidelines recommend rehabilitation along with a biopsychosocial approach. However, though psychological and social issues address important needs of professionals and patients, they have been scarcely developed in this area so far. Noteworthy, little is known about patients' expectations relative to physiotherapy for chronic low back pain (CLBP), while professional recommendations advocate taking them into consideration.

A study about patients' experience will provide knowledge about the ill person's perspective and how the physiotherapists are perceived as well as the role attributed to them. The aim of this study is, thus, to explore the experience of the patients suffering from CLBP in order to highlight their expectations toward physiotherapy services and physiotherapists.

The investigators will apply a critically interpretive socio-anthropological approach based on patients' interviews and observations in an intensive CLBP rehabilitation program. The results will help improve the care patients receive by facilitating the integration of biopsychosocial issues related to patient's expectations into the treatment.

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Study start date 2014-04-11

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