People with health conditions including low back pain are more likely also to have a diagnosis of depression. Evidence suggests that if pain is treated effectively, depressive symptoms may also improve. The team are examining revolutionary models of treatment for chronic back pain whilst challenging traditional methods, such as drugs and localised treatments, by viewing the problem as relating to the nervous system rather than in the disc, bone, or muscles.
About the project
Professor McAuley and his team are investigating the effectiveness of an internet-delivered evidence-based education and psychological intervention to support people living with chronic back pain. The project will test tailored digital technologies to improve the mood of people with low back pain and reduce their pain and disability.
If successful, doctors would be able to prescribe the online intervention, providing psychological support to encourage patients to self-manage their lower back pain recovery.