Deakin University to independently examine getback outcomes

By Professor Emeritus John Carlson, getback Director of Research

As a Professor at university, students would often approach me to discuss research questions. My first response was always the same: ‘How will you measure the results of your research intervention?’

This fundamental question was also central to how and why getback developed our approach to rehabilitation of chronic back and neck pain. Today, our digital ecosystem seamlessly connects TGA-registered rehabilitation devices with software to optimise data collection, workflows, patient care and reporting. 

The technological sophistication of the getback system enables our treatment model to produce reliable, quantifiable and effective clinical intervention.

This data-driven, device based approach ensures quantification of the treatment efficacy and informs current and future treatment trends.

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To further validate getback’s treatment efficacy and findings, we recently entered into a Collaborative Research Agreement with Deakin University to subject our work to an independent peer review process. 

Located in Victoria with campuses in Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool, Deakin University’s internationally recognised research in the area of health and wellbeing covers a broad spectrum from medicine, ageing, chronic illness and disability to nutrition, physical activity and child health.

Deakin’s rigorous evaluation will focus on the transparency, quality and reliability of getback’s exercise prescription and treatment protocol findings. By meeting the rigid standards necessary for scholarly publication, our research will gain recognition from experts and validate the getback’s system’s unique ability to achieve specific outcomes.

Deakin University’s Specialised Indoor Exercise and Sport Science Building.

The influence of this peer-reviewed research also has the potential to shape industry practices and policies. The dissemination of our findings can contribute to progress in the field of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD), particularly since new national guidelines recommended people experiencing chronic back pain focus on movement as therapy.

Below is a short summary of what getback‘s data collection, measurement and analysis has enabled us to identify and implement to date:

  • Every patient must go through the same four stages of treatment.
  • The order of progression through the four stages is identical, but the timing of progression is completely individualised.
  • Protocols to ensure the appropriate rehabilitation process is applied to identified groups of fast and slow responders to treatment.
  • Quantified levels of achievement in Range of Motion and Strength Development required to ensure efficacy within each of the four treatment stages.
  • The motivating effect of providing measurement data to patients to show that progress is real and meaningful.
  • Therapists are informed of every patient’s progress by actual performance data, not just perception.
  • Quantify the percentage change / progression that Therapist’s set for each patient based on their initial measured capacity. 
  • The efficacy of highly specific, targeted and individual prescription has enabled a reduction of average treatment visits from initial protocols of 24, down to 18 (a 25% time reduction with increased efficacy).
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