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Title: Can a brief online interdisciplinary program enhance the understanding of musculoskeletal pain amongst primary care staff? A prospective study
Authors: Ng, Khim Siong
Goh, Bandy Qiuling
Tang, Woh Peng
Lee, Angela Wing Yan
Lee, Samantha
Koh, Kim Hwee
Shah, Mitesh
Keywords: Science::Medicine
Issue Date: 2022
Source: Ng, K. S., Goh, B. Q., Tang, W. P., Lee, A. W. Y., Lee, S., Koh, K. H. & Shah, M. (2022). Can a brief online interdisciplinary program enhance the understanding of musculoskeletal pain amongst primary care staff? A prospective study. Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare, 31, 201010582210777-.
Project: 2011 
Journal: Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare 
Abstract: Background: Primary care staff do not provide consistent education on musculoskeletal pain management to patients in accordance with the recommendations of clinical practice guidelines. We have developed a concise online learning program to bridge this gap. Objectives: To investigate (1) the effectiveness of 1-hour musculoskeletal pain neurophysiology education program conducted by a physiotherapist on primary care staff; (2) the correlation between demographic factors of staff and the interdisciplinary learning performances. Methods: We piloted a multicenter single-blind prospective study on sixty-four staff from the pharmacy department in eight public primary care clinics. Participants in the intervention group attended the 1-hour online program compared to a control group. The Neurophysiology of Pain Questionnaire (NPQ) to assess learning and the 10-point Likert scale program evaluation form to assess learning reaction of participants after the program were used. Results: The participants reacted positively to the online learning program. The intervention group significantly improved in their musculoskeletal pain knowledge by a greater mean NPQ score difference 2.39 (p < 0.001) compared with the control group. There were poor correlations between the demographic factors and their learning. Conclusion: The pilot study shows that primary care staff may still utilize a biomedical approach in managing musculoskeletal pain. The improvement in knowledge demonstrates that short online programs could be a valuable part of interdisciplinary education in primary care because it is easily accessible by healthcare professionals and can benefit other healthcare staff regardless of their background.
ISSN: 2010-1058
DOI: 10.1177/20101058221077792
Schools: Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) 
Organisations: SingHealth Polyclinics
Duke-NUS Medical School
Rights: © 2022 The Author(s). Creative Commons Non Commercial CC BY-NC: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License ( which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (
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