Can you elaborate on the KALSI approach to clinical,
Clinical research to date has unfortunately had a limited impact at the
coalface of clinical practice. At KALSI we are passionate about the
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of Problems of the Spine (STOPS) trials are now complete and, for
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treatment on low back pain.
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have created a range of free and paid eLearning modules, eBooks
and face-to-face short courses.
High-quality and effective treatment should result in successful
commercial outcomes in private practice. Yet, in our experience,
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provides a range of education options and resources to assist
health practitioners in this regard.
When did you begin developing the KALSI clinical education
products, including the modules?
The clinical protocols for back pain are the result of 25 years of
clinical and research experience culminating in the STOPS trials.
Five years ago, the KALSI directors acquired a software program
that enabled knowledge to be packaged into interactive online
learning modules. I provided the clinical content and KALSI’s
Marcelo Moscoso was responsible for producing the modules.
Apart from writing the modules, substantial resources and time were
required to develop professional-quality visual material, including
pictures and video.
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its ambition to promote high-quality treatment for
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Quality of our educational offering is fundamental to the KALSI
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of clinical practice, which is why the STOPS clinical protocol
integrated a range of approaches for back pain depending on the
patient barriers to recovery. This included principles from Geoff
Maitland, Robin McKenzie, Peter O’Sullivan and Shirley Sahrman—
integrated with the latest concepts on motor control, psychosocial
factors and neurophysiological factors. A high-quality treatment
approach should integrate the best available evidence in a manner
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the process of developing the STOPS clinical protocol, and then
evaluating it in a clinical trial, was a massive undertaking that took
a decade to complete.
How have the modules been constructed and separated?
How important was the research base in informing each
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management in private practice; two modules focusing on lumbar
assessment (standard and advanced); and two modules focusing
on the treatment of back pain according to the STOPS protocols.
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quizzes to test the participant’s understanding of the content.
What has been some of the feedback that you have received
about KALSI’s online education suite?
Practitioners have found the modules to be a great way of updating
their skills in their own time. Additionally, the interactive nature of
the modules has been popular. A number of private practice owners
have also purchased the full package of modules and used them as
the basis of continuing education for their practitioners.
You are currently running a course as part of the APA PD
structure entitled ‘Practical physiotherapy management of
low back pain’. What can you tell us about the course?
The course has been developed on evidence-based practice
principles, which includes the STOPS trial. The emphasis is