Musculoskeletal pain treatment pathways (PACE)

Neck, low back, and knee pain treatment pathways

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About

CHESM is collaborating with the University of Sydney, the University of Queensland and Curtin University to investigate innovative, streamlined treatment pathways to advance understanding of recovery from musculoskeletal conditions. This study aims to improve health care by providing the right treatment to the right people at the right time.

The study runs for 12 months and participants are required to complete an online questionnaire at the start, followed by further questionnaires at 3, 6 and 12 months after they enrol. Participants will be allocated to one of two groups; one group will be treated by their usual doctor or health professional as required, while the other group will be given treatment based on their responses to the questionnaires, with care provided by their primary care provider and/or a specialist provider.

You may be eligible if you:

  • Have sought health care within the last 4 weeks or plan to do so in the next 4 weeks for neck pain or whiplash, low back pain or knee osteoarthritis
  • Neck pain or whiplash (>18 years old)
  • Non-specific low back pain (>18 years old)
  • Knee osteoarthritis (>45 years old) and have not undergone or scheduled for joint replacement surgery
  • No confirmed fractures or dislocations at the time of the injury

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PACE was designed and developed by researchers at the University of Sydney, with collaborators from the University of Melbourne, Curtin University,  The University of Queensland, Macquarie University and Keele University. This project is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.