Efficacy of an interdisciplinary educational program in patients with chronic back pain

J. Moix, M. Cañellas, C. Osorio, X. Bel, F. Girvent, A. Martos, Martí Sola, Jordi Troy, Ma Jesús Flaquer, Ángeles Sanjuan, Maria Tiscar-Galera, Montserrat Carmona, Penélope Infante, Viviana Fiszson, Gemma García

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There are various factors that generate and have a bearing on lumbar pain (postural hygiene, anxiety, work activity, etc.). For this reason, we believe that the most adequate type of treatment is interdisciplinary, involving the collaboration of medical specialists (anaesthetists, orthopaedic surgeons,...), psychologists, social workers and physiotherapists. The object of the current study lies in designing an interdisciplinary treatment and in assessing its possible effectiveness. To this end, a sample group of 30 patients was selected; this was then divided into an experimental group, to which the treatment was applied, and a control group. Statistical analyses have revealed significant differences between the two groups in most of the variables analysed. Members of the patient group that received treatment managed to achieve reductions in anxiety, in the effects that the pain had on their daily lives and in medication; at the same time, they achieved increased levels both of enjoyable activity and of control over their own lives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-157
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2003


  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Health psychology
  • Interdisciplinary treatment
  • Lumbar pain


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