ACSQHC’s Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standard

ACSQHC’s Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standard

ACSQHC’s Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standard

ACSQHC’s Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standard Released

As you may be aware, The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) has today released their national Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standard, providing integrated guidance to support clinicians and health service organisations in delivering high-quality, evidence-based care for low back pain. 

An initiative endorsed wholly and unreservedly by Chiropractic Australia, the Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standard provides a road map for healthcare practitioners to help patients manage low back pain episodes early and reduce their chance of ongoing problems. 

The new Standard was developed in consideration of 222 submissions, of which one was made by Chiropractic Australia, and in consultation with a Jurisdictional Working Group – comprised of nominated experts from each state and territory – and a multidisciplinary Topic Working Group including clinicians, consumers and researchers. 

We would like to thank Professor of Musculoskeletal Disorders, Director of Research (Dept. of Chiropractic at Macquarie University), former President of COCA and current Board Member of the Chiropractic Australia Research Foundation – Simon French – for his contribution as part the latter committee. 

 Key Takeaways from the new Standard: 

  • Most people will experience low back pain at some point in their life. Back problems are one of the most common reasons Australians visit their GP or present to the emergency department. 
  • While back pain can sometimes have a serious cause, the vast majority of people can improve their pain with simple measures. Interventions such as imaging and high-risk medicines can usually be avoided. 
  • The Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standard will improve the early assessment and management of patients with low back pain, so that people receive the most appropriate treatment for their individual circumstances. 
  • Recommendations include self-management and physical activity, addressing psychological barriers to recovery such as thoughts and emotions about pain, as well as tackling social obstacles, including work and home stress. 

Further information about the ACSQHC’s new Standard can also be found by visiting the links below: 

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