One of the most prevalent chronic conditions, chronic low back pain is defined as low back pain occurring on at least half of the days in a 6-month period. Interventions range from exercise and psychosocial interventions to spine surgery. Hundreds of randomized trials have had uniform results, showing either no effect or small effect sizes. The quality of these studies varies, but there is a core of high-quality studies. Physicians and patients face the challenge of choosing from a relatively small selection of modestly effective treatments, with little or no information to help decide which option is best for an individual patient.

As part of PCORI’s efforts to fund high-impact and useful research on critical patient-centered health and healthcare issues, PCORI in June 2015 hosted a multi-stakeholder workshop to discuss high-priority topics that focus on the comparative effectiveness of treatments for chronic low back pain. PCORI used feedback from the workshop to conduct further gap analyses as we explore a possible funding announcement in this area.

We reconvened the participants of the June 2015 workshop on systems interventions for chronic musculoskeletal pain, to continue the discussion and consider information uncovered through our gap analysis. Participation in the discussion was by invitation only, but the public was able to listen in via teleconference/webinar.

Meeting Materials

Teleconference Audio Recording