Promoting Best Practices for Managing Acute Low Back Pain in an Occupational Environment

Workplace Health Saf. 2015 Sep;63(9):408-14; quiz 415. doi: 10.1177/2165079915589034.


Providers treating low back pain must be confident and knowledgeable in evidence-based practice (EBP) to provide the best outcomes. An online education course was created in an effort to increase knowledge and confidence in EBP and clinical practice guidelines specific to low back pain in an occupational setting. There were 80 participants who completed the pre-test and post-test. The results showed a statistically significant improvement in knowledge and confidence scores after completion of the course. An online education course was shown to be a cost-effective, accessible tool to increase knowledge and confidence of EBP for different health care providers.

Keywords: application of evidence; best practices; occupational health and safety programs; occupational injuries; program planning and evaluation; research.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational / prevention & control*
  • Acute Disease
  • Adult
  • Alabama
  • Educational Measurement
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Female
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Inservice Training
  • Low Back Pain / nursing*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Health Nursing / education*
  • Occupational Health*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic