We are no longer recruiting new participants
We have now recruited our entire sample of participants and are no longer looking for more people to join this study. For people who are already participating in RESTORE, we will contact you with a summary of the results once we have all the data. This is likely to be around February 2022. We are very grateful to all our dedicated participants and those who have shown an interest in this research.
About the trial
The RESTORE clinical trial is a large scale research study in Australia exploring back pain treatments. We are trying to measure how effective existing treatments are for people with persistent low back pain, while also testing newer forms of treatment that involve individualised movement rehabilitation.
Participants in this trial are helping us to improve the treatments available to the millions people around the world who live with persistent low back pain.
The problem of back pain
Low Back Pain (LBP) is the number one cause of disability in Australia and its costs exceed those of cancer and diabetes combined [1, 2, 3]. Commonly used treatments in primary care (e.g. going to your GP or physiotherapist) produce only modest effects at best that are not sustained over time, and over half the people seeking care have persistent symptoms or recurrence of pain after one year . Current care models seem to be failing, with LBP-related disability increasing 45% from 1990 to 2010 .
Therefore, there is an urgent need for more effective interventions for those patients who do not improve with early management, in order to reduce chronicity and limit the number of people receiving expensive and potentially harmful interventions when they don't need to.
We have now recruited our entire sample of participants and are no longer looking for more people to join the study. For people who are already participating in RESTORE, we will contact you with a summary of the results once we have all the data. This is likely to be around February 2022. We are very grateful to all our dedicated participants and those who have shown an interest in this research.
Below you will find a detailed summary of information for participants. You can also download a copy of this as a PDF or contact us if you have any questions.
If you are interested in participating in other research projects, you might want to consider these Other Trials.
This research is being conducted by a team of experts in back pain from around the world. Most of our team are both researchers and clinicians, representing the disciplines of physiotherapy, psychology and medicine. We all share a passion for finding new ways to help people with back pain access better treatment and live more enjoyable, meaningful lives. The team includes:
Associate Professor Peter Kent PhD
Professor Peter O’Sullivan PhD
Professor Anne Smith PhD
Dr Amity Campbell PhD
Dr Joao Paulo Caneiro PhD
Dr Rob Schütze PhD
Professor Mark Hancock PhD
Professor Terry Haines PhD
Dr Rob Laird PhD
Imperial College, UK
Professor Alison McGregor PhD
Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, Qatar
Dr Kieran O’Sullivan PhD
University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Professor Jan Hartvigsen PhD
University of Western Australia
Associate Professor Alistair Vickery FRACGP
PERTH: | phone: 0401 809 827
SYDNEY: | phone: 0432 849 917