MyPathway: Helping to improve access to educational resources for people with back pain in Sheffield
Educational resources for back pain developed by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals musculoskeletal therapy service Physioworks to be shared with patients via MyPathway.
Physioworks is a community-based NHS specialist musculoskeletal (MSK) therapy service forming part of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals MSK directorate and provides treatment for 10,000 people a year with back pain.
To help people self-manage their low back pain at all steps of the treatment pathway, NICE recommends that people with back pain are provided with advice and information tailored to their needs and capabilities. Physioworks have embarked on a project to design an educational programme and develop resources that can be easily included into standard back pain care.
The starting point for the project was a request for information that could be sent to Physioworks back pain patients using the ADI online patient communication system MyPathway®. MyPathway, is a browser and app-based product that enables patients to view and book their appointments, complete health questionnaires digitally ahead of their appointment, and receive messages and targeted condition related support information from the service.
To create educational resources that really worked, Physioworks used a co-production method that shared project ownership with patients, staff and service providers. A series of stakeholder workshops that helped the service understand the lived experience of back pain, were combined with academic research knowledge about underlying scientific theories, what had been tried before and what had worked.
The resources created use active learning strategies, easy to understand explanations and provides opportunities for people to relate the information to their own circumstances and create a personal action plan. The resources are being put online through the MyPathway® system and training is being put in place so that all staff can integrate the system into their current practice. They will also be available to use in physiotherapy sessions and in Physioworks new education and peer support session. Further evaluation and development will continue throughout the implementation process.
Further information about the project published on the NICE website can be accessed here.