The Keele university STarT back screening tool is a risk stratification tool designed for GP’s to empower decision making in the management of patients with Low back pain. Completion of the tool will enable which patients can be successfully managed without referral and which patients will require referral and to which service. Stratified care improves both clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, and is both cheaper in both health costs and the cost to society. It also has resulted in patient’s having a 50% reduction in time off work, a 30% reduction in GP sick certificates, and reduction in GP consultations, compared to non stratified management of Low back pain.
The 9 item tool is available to download online. Once completed by the patient their management and if necessary the appropriate referral can be made immediately. Please sent the whole questionnaire either electronically or hard copy through the post with your referral.