Online Course
Stratified Care for Low Back Pain
Explore stratified care for low back pain and Patient Prognosis Subgrouping with focus on the STarT Back approach

1.5-2 hours





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Stratified Care for Low Back Pain matches subgroups of patients to specific treatments.  The subgroups are based on certain characteristics that will assist the clinician’s decision making in providing the appropriate treatment for low back pain. Different approaches to stratified care exist and it is important for physiotherapists to understand the different approaches and make an informed decision on which approach(es) will be more appropriate for their patients. The course will have a broad overview of Stratified Care for Low Back Pain and then have a deeper look at the Patient Prognosis Subgrouping with focus on the STarT Back Approach.


The aim of the course is to introduce the concept of Stratified Care for Low Back Pain and to have a deeper look into the Patient Prognosis Subgrouping.


The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video of interview with topic specialist
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1.5-2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.6 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe 3 models of Stratified Care for non-specific lower back pain
  • plan your physiotherapy treatment based upon the STarT Back Approach risk profile of a patient with non-specific low back pain


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
A lot of food for thought. It should lead to treatment being more efficient and effective in time, expense, and treating the person and not just the symptoms
Suzanne Beaubrun
Saint Lucia