The Keele STarT Back Screening Tool (SBST) is a new tool that has been developed for patients with persistent Low Back Pain (LBP). It allows for prognostic screening to help aid overall treatment and management pathways in a primary care setting.

The SBST helps to categorise patients into 1 of 3 ‘risk of poor outcome ‘groups; low, medium or high. Each group then carries a different intervention pathway that can be implemented, depending on the patients answers to a set of standardised questions.

A recent trial of the tool published in The Lancet indicated a cost saving approach. The tool itself was funded by Arthritis Research UK and the results of a recent Randomised Control Trial (RCT) of the tool are pending publication… Watch this space!

The original SBST screening tool can also be adapted into a numerical rating scale and can be used during their management to objectively measure how patients are responding to treatment.

Click here to be taken through to the Keele STarT Back Screening Tool website for further reading and how to use the SBST.

Click here to be taken directly to online version of the SBST.