The cost-effectiveness of a patient and professional based multimedial campaign as innovative implementation strategy to improve low back pain guideline adherence. (WC2013-006)

Background

Starting date: 01/09/2013

Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most prevalent and expensive health care problems in industrialised countries. LBP leads to high health care utility and productivity losses, leaving the individual, the employer, and society with substantial costs. To improve the care for LBP patients and reduce the high societal and financial burden of LBP, in 2010 the ‘Integrated care guideline for nonspecific low back pain’ was developed in the Netherlands. The "RUGACTIEF" study is designed to evaluate the (cost-)effectiveness of a multifaceted strategy to implement this guideline.