Lifestyle intervention as an addition to treatment of LBP

...does it improve cost-effectivity?

  • Lifestyle intervention by telephone with ten coaching conversations
  • Only cost effective if labour costs are included
  • Pain, daily function and quality of life did not differ from the control group

People with chronic low back pain and obesity who follow a healthy lifestyle intervention next to regular treatment, use less healthcare and medication and have significantly lower absenteeism (absence from work). An international research group concludes, that from a social-economic perspective, it seems more cost-effective to mostly conduct lifestyle intervention by telephone. To determine this, they executed a cost-effectiveness analysis using data of a six-month randomised controlled study from 2015 which included 160 Australian low back pain patients with obesity.


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