What do UK osteopaths view as the safest lifting posture, and how are these views influenced by their back pain beliefs?

Smith, K and Thomson, O P (2020) What do UK osteopaths view as the safest lifting posture, and how are these views influenced by their back pain beliefs? International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 37. pp. 10-16. ISSN 1746-0689

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Background: Lower back pain is a leading cause of disability and a common condition seen by osteopaths. Evidence and advice for the safest lifting posture vary, as do healthcare practitioners' attitudes and beliefs towards back pain. Objectives: The aim of this study was to understand osteopaths' beliefs about safe lifting postures in relation to their attitudes towards back pain, and to compare these findings with published data from physiotherapists and manual handling advisors. Design: Cross-sectional study. Method: Between October and November 2018 a cross-sectional electronic survey was used to invite a sample of UK osteopaths to select images that best represent their perception of safe lifting posture (straight or rounded back), and to complete the Back Pain Attitudes Questionnaire (Back-PAQ). Data was analysed to assess lifting posture selection and relationship to back pain attitudes. Results: 46 (85.2) out of 54 osteopaths selected straight back posture as the safest, these participants had significantly more negative attitudes to back pain injury (i.e. higher Back-PAQ scores), than the 8 osteopaths who selected a rounded back posture (p = 0.007). Data from 266 physiotherapists and 132 manual handling advisors revealed an overall agreement about straight back lifting posture, and differences in Back-PAQ attitude between the professions. Conclusion: Despite a lack of evidence and inconsistent recommendations, osteopaths in this study believed that straight back lifting posture is the safest and were associated with more negative back pain beliefs. Practitioners' attitudes and beliefs are known to influence their patients' attitudes and recovery behaviour. Further research is recommended to identify reasons for different beliefs, and their impact on advice-giving and patient outcomes. © 2020 Elsevier Ltd

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Back beliefs,Back pain,Lifting technique,Manual handling,Osteopathic medicine,Osteopaths
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Medicine
Depositing User: Dr Hilary Abbey
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2020 13:01
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2021 19:33
URI: https://uco.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/38

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