Development and pilot testing of an implementation strategy to increase physiotherapists' adherence to evidence-based guidelines for patients with low back pain: a planned, systematic, and theory-based approach
01 / 2007 - 06 / 2012
The main objective is the planned, systematic, and theory-based development and pilot testing of an intervention strategy to increase physiotherapists' adherence to evidence-based practice guidelines for low back pain. Although it has been demonstrated that the recommendations of these guidelines are effective, its implementation in physiotherapy practice remains limited. This incomplete implementation results in a considerable inefficiency in physiotherapy practice (e.g. the regular use of less effective treatment strategies) and consequently contributes to the extensive socio-economic problems associated with low back pain (1.7% of the BNP). Until now, however, implementation strategies to increase guideline adherence have not been very effective. The lack of a coherent theoretical framework has been pointed out as a possibly important explanatory factor. Recent reports therefore emphasize an expansion of the theoretical basis with regards implementation problems.