IMPALA Implementation of smartphone-apps in physiotherapeutic primary care

Non-specific lower back pain is a major health problem. Smartphone-apps integrated in physiotherapeutic primary care have the potential to support patients in self-management and adherence to physical activity- and exercise recommendations. Unfortunately, the possibilities of these apps remain largely unused in practice. In IMPALA we want to use implementation science to improve the use of smartphone apps in lower back pain.

Objective

The aim of IMPALA is to develop, implement and evaluate theory-based, context-specific implementation strategies for the use of smartphone apps in physiotherapeutic primary care for patients with non-specific low back pain.

Results

After completion, a summary of the results of the project can be found here.

This research is funded by NWO.

Duration

08 March 2022 - 07 March 2027

Approach

After selection of the best available apps, an implementation strategy is developed that fits the context. This strategy will be implemented within primary care physiotherapy and its implementation effect will then be evaluated.

HU researchers involved in the research

  • Cindy Veenhof | Professor | Research group Innovation of Movement Care
    Cindy Veenhof
    • Professor
    • Research groups: Innovation of Movement Care
  • Corelien Kloek | Researcher | Research group Innovation of Movement Care
    Corelien Kloek
    • Researcher
    • Research groups: Innovation of Movement Care
  • Marijn Ulrich
    Marijn Ulrich
    • PhD candidate
    • Research groups: Innovation of Movement Care

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