Flags approach to education of chronic lower back pain in medical students


  • Short educational video interventions about future disability risk associated with chronic lower back pain (CLBP) may increase biopsychosocial knowledge, overcome associated attitude barriers, and facilitate development of clinical judgement-making more aligned with psychological cues.

Why this matters

  • The flags approach integrates cognitive and behavioral approaches to treat people with CLBP by identifying biopsychosocial barriers to recovery is part of international guidelines and has been shown effective; however, physicians’ adherence to the guidelines is low.

  • Medical students and general practitioners (GP) trainees might be more receptive to psychosocial influences in CLBP and therefore more likely to adopt the flags approach.