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Dr Adrian Traeger

RESEARCHER PROFILE

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Adrian Traeger is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, a division of the School of Public Health, University of Sydney. He is a physiotherapist who has worked in primary care for over 10 years. He completed his doctorate at NeuRA, UNSW, which focused on how best to reassure patients with low back pain.

Adrian’s postdoctoral research focus is on developing strategies to improve healthcare for low back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions. He is currently investigating ways to reduce unnecessary diagnostic imaging for low back pain. Other interests include overdiagnosis and overtreatment, communicating research evidence to healthcare consumers, and evidence-based practice. Follow Adrian’s work on Google Scholar.

Since finishing his PhD, Adrian has continued to work closely with the McAuley Group. He supervises 3 PhD students at NeuRA (Aidan Cashin, Edel O’Hagan, Rod Rizzo) and is an investigator on the Social Media for Low Back Pain project.

Projects Dr Adrian Traeger is currently involved with

CURRENT PROJECTS

PREVENT

For people with a new low back pain episode. We are testing early intervention to reduce the risk of developing chronic low back pain.

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PREVENT

Social Media for Low Back Pain

Social media is a potentially powerful tool to provide a message of education and reassurance to the general public about low back pain. This project will use social media to educate the general public about low back pain and promote self-management.

The project involves three stages. Firstly, we will conduct a content analysis to gain an insight into social media users’ perceptions and understanding about low back pain. This could determine whether social media could serve as an educational tool through which accurate information related to low back pain could be disseminated to the public.

Second, a recent Delphi survey of 150 low back pain researchers identified 30 key messages considered to be important for the general public to know about LBP. These statements provide evidence-based information on the diagnosis, prognosis and management of LBP and are intended to educate, reassure and promote self-management. We will investigate the attitude of the general public towards these messages.

Third, working in conjunction with a media company Y&R, we will design and test a social media campaign to encourage self-management for people with low back pain.

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Social Media for Low Back Pain

RESEARCHERS CHALLENGE GUIDELINES FOR TREATING ACUTE LOW BACK PAIN, HEALTHTIMES 7 NOVEMBER 2018

BACK IN ACTION, CHANNEL 7 NEWS 6 NOVEMBER 2018

THE HEALTH REPORT WITH DR NORMAN SWAN – PAIN EDUCATION DOESN’T HELP THOSE WITH ACUTE LOW BACK PAIN, ABC RADIO 12 NOVEMBER 2018

DOCTORS URGED TO PRESCRIBE YOGA, MINDFULNESS NOT DRUGS TO FIGHT LOWER BACK PAIN, THE AGE 13 NOVEMBER 2017

THE HEALTH REPORT WITH DR NORMAN SWAN – TWEETING INTO BACK PAIN AND REASSURING YOURSELF OUT OF IT, ABC RADIO 1 FEBRUARY 2016

PREDICTING THE FUTURE FOR LOW BACK PAIN, THE MEDICAL REPUBLIC 21 JUNE 2016

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