Course Details

Across health conditions there is a shift from a traditional biomedical approach to health care that searched for the “magic bullet” that would fix a disease, towards patient-centred care that recognise health as an ability to adapt and self-manage in the face of social, physical, and emotional challenges. This shift changes the role of clinicians and modern back pain care requires clinicians to take on a role of supporting self-management through communication, education and coaching. This talk is meant to inspire clinicians to reflect on ways to support pain self-efficacy and self-management in clinical practice.

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    Self-management - The New Black in Back Pain? [ 1.5 pts/hrs]

    • Self-management - The New Black in Back Pain?

    • GLA:D ® Back group-based patient education integrated with exercises to support self-management of back pain - Development, theories and scientific evidence.

    • Assessment - Self-management - The New Black in Back Pain?

    • Self-management - The New Black in Back Pain?- Notes

    • Self-management - The New Black in Back Pain? Module – References

Course Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module, you will be able to:

1) Know the meaning of the terms self-efficacy, self-management and self-management interventions

2.) Understand that the ability to self-manage is important to people with chronic diseases, including persistent and recurrent back pain

3.) Understand why a traditional disease model based on a structural diagnosis is not helpful in back pain

4.) Understand how the role of the clinician is different in self-management support than in a traditional biomedical treatment approach

5.) Be able to reflect on how your management of patients with back pain supports their self-management

CPD Hours/Points = 1.5



Alice Kongsted

Alice Kongsted is a Professor in Musculoskeletal Research in Primary Care at the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark, and a senior researcher at the Chiropractic Knowledge Hub. She graduated from the University of Southern Denmark in 1999 and completed a PhD at the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2005. Up till 2009, she had clinical work as a chiropractor alongside her academic work. Her research interests concern spinal pain with a focus on primary care. This includes investigating how evidence-based care for spinal pain is implemented in practice, and why people with spinal pain conditions have very different outcomes. She has led the development of “GLA:D Back”, a program for implementation of patient education and exercises to support self-management in people with persistent back pain. She has been a member of working groups for The Danish Health Authority’s development of three national clinical guidelines for the treatment of back and neck conditions and she is an Associate Editor on the journal Chiropractic & Manual Therapies. Professor Kongsted has published more than 80 scientific papers in international, peer-reviewed journals and she was part of the Lancet Low Back Pain Series Working Group that published three papers in March 2018 to call for worldwide attention to the growing burden of back pain. In 2019, she was awarded the European Centre for Chiropractic Research Excellence’s research award.