BACK-UP Project

CIOP-PIB participates in an international project Back-UP: Personalised Prognostic Models to Improve Well-being and Return to Work After Neck and Low Back Pain. The project is funded under Horizon 2020 Programme.


General information

The aim of the Back-UP Project is to develop a new health care platform with a prognostic model to support more effective and efficient management of neck and low back pain. This platform is based on the digital representation of multidimensional clinical information, and in-silico assessments of possible interventions.

Back-UP takes into account the multiple factors that influence the course of neck and low back pain, modelling it with the data of the following health dimensions:

  • Biological
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Psychological
  • Behavioural
  • Socioeconomic
  • Work place & life style


Based on patient-specific models that use those data, Back-UP is designed to provide estimates of the time frame of improvement, time to return to work in the case of sick workers, risk of recurrence, and musculoskeletal function, as well as direct and indirect economic costs of chosen interventions.


Back-UP is a platform addressed to clinicians, occupational health services and patients, which will assist them through the whole cycle from the first visit in primary care to return to work. It is based on the knowledge and research data gathered by lead international experts in this field, and three cutting-edge technological platforms: MULTI-X, Antari Home Care, and selfBACK.


Back-UP is a 3-year project running from January 1st 2018 to December 31th 2020.


Project consortium


The project consortium consists of 13 partners from 8 different countries. The project is coordinated by the Institute of Biomechanics of Valencia (IBV) from Valentia, Spain.


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Contact information

Mariola Borowska-Łukasiak

International Cooperation Division

Central Institute for Labour Protection - National Research Institute