This ground breaking back pain pathway is being implemented in three areas, South Tees, Hartlepool and Stockton on Tees, Darlington and further afield in 2016/17. The pathway is being independently evaluated by researchers at Teesside University. A vital part of the evaluation is gathering feedback from patients about their experiences of the programme. This feedback will be very important in evaluating the programme and improving if for future patients.

The objectives of the evaluation are to investigate changes in clinical and social outcomes for patients including pain, function, employment status, quality of life and overall improvement. Also, to investigate changes in health service performance in the frequency and nature of patient contacts with health professionals and the frequency and nature of medical investigations (e.g. X-Rays, MRI). The evaluation will seek to gain an understanding of patient experiences and perceptions of the programme and to gain an understanding of clinicians’ and healthcare managers’ experiences and perceptions of the programme implementation. Finally, to evaluate the costs, savings and the cost effectiveness of the pathway and assess the sustainability of the back pain pathway.

If you have any further questions about the pathway a member of the evaluation team may be contacted via;

Tel. 01642 738254

Email. S.wellburn@tees.ac.uk