What is this study about?

The TEXT4myBACK study will investigate if a lifestyle-based self-management text message intervention helps people with back pain. The study is an internet-based clinical trial and all the study activities will be performed online or via phone. Participants will be randomised to one of the two groups which will receive text message in different formats.

Participants will be asked to complete an initial pre-screening and will go through an initial telephone interview to determine their eligibility. If they are included in the study, they will be asked to fill in online questionnaires in the beginning and after 3, 6 and 12 months.

The study will help us to understand the effects of the intervention in different health outcomes. Moreover, a cost-effectiveness analysis will be performed so we can assess if the intervention decreased costs and health care related to back pain.

Benefits of the intervention

The interventions are designed to help recovery and empower participants to improve their lifestyle and back pain self-management. Text message is an easy, accessible and affordable intervention that may help people with back pain to take care of themselves. Moreover, the intervention intends to improve patient’s knowledge about their condition and decrease the costs associated with it.

Am I eligible?

You can participate if you

  • Are older than 18 years old
  • Have low back pain for less than 12 weeks
  • Have a mobile phone that can receive text messages

If interested, please click here to find out more.


TEXT4myBACK has been approved by the Northern Sydney Local Health District Human Research Ethics Committee – RESP/19/005.

Our team

Professor Manuela Ferreira, Professor Andrew J McLachlan, Professor Paulo Ferreira, Carolina G Fritsch, Joanna Prior, Professor Julie Redfern, Professor Clara Chow