BackCareCanada.ca has been designed for people experiencing a new or recurrent episode of low back and back-related leg pain. The goal is to help them better manage their symptoms and to make more informed decisions about seeking treatment. (Please read our Disclaimer.)
Decisions about the website content were made following a number of focus groups with people who had recently experienced back and leg symptoms. They told us what kind of information and advice they were looking for—both for non-surgical management and the options for back surgery.
The content was further developed by a group of Canadian back pain experts which included family physicians, physiotherapists, chiropractors and surgeons and then written in plain language so everyone could understand.
During a testing phase, the website content was shared with patients, family physicians, physiotherapists and chiropractors who responded via a formal evaluation questionnaire. The content was further refined to reflect the needs and preferences of back pain patients.
BackCareCanada.ca is hosted and managed by the Canadian Spine Society, , a collaborative organization of spine surgeons and health care professionals with a primary interest in advancing excellence in spine patient care, research and education.
If you would like more information about the website and the experts involved in the project, please contact the Canadian Spine Society at www.spinecanada.ca.