CHRC Talks#3 - Revolutionary projects aimed to musculoskeletal diseases treatments

CHRC Talks#3 - Revolutionary projects aimed to musculoskeletal diseases treatments

Muscoskeletal diseases are the most common non-lethal diseases with the highest disability factor in the world population. This reality does not meet the necessary prioritization as it is not a risk to life, but it places a heavy burden on people's living conditions and implies a greater cause for rehabilitation needs.

Muscoskeletal diseases have a multidimensional impact: social, economic and personal, increasing a source of social inequality such as worse living conditions, which will affect work activity, mental health, increase absenteeism, early retirement, disability retirement, etc.

At the moment, the methods applied are insufficient to fight this problem and that’s why this 3rd CHRC Talks session invited researchers from ESS/Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal to talk about this problems and to present their two projects with revolutionary methods not only with the aim of reducing the impact that musculoskeletal diseases have on the population, as well as innovative strategies to be applied at low cost and non-invasive for patients suffering from these diseases.

The Split Project is aimed at the practice and the cost-effectiveness of the delivery of care in patients struggling with low back pain, through the implementation of an innovative stratified treatment of General Practice referral to Physiotherapy in primary health care. 

The MyBack Project aims to compare the effectiveness “of a personalized self-management program to prevent recurrences together with usual practice, relative to usual practice alone, in people who have recovered from an episode of low back pain. At the same time, it aims to evaluate the acceptability, feasibility and results of an implementation strategy designed to facilitate its adoption among users and healthcare professionals.”

These projects were presented by researchers from CHRC and ESS/Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal, Luís Gomes (Split) and Diogo Pires (MyBack), with the intervention of researcher Rita Fernandes who raised several questions related to their implementation and their potential difficulties in be integrated into the National Health System. This session was moderated by the CHRC and ENSP-NOVA researcher, Joana Alves.

To see all the details, watch the video of the 3rd session of CHRC Talks at



Andreia Santos


Luís Gomes

Joana Alves

Diogo Pires

Rita Fernandes