#009 – Health Policy: Economic Costs of Low Back-Pain

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By popular demand we are releasing a second episode this week. Today we meet Mariette Luitjens, a former Physiotherapist from Curtin University, who has just completed her MSc degree in Health Policy and Management at ‘Vrije Universiteit’ University in Amsterdam.

In this episode we will discuss what motivated Mariette’s change of career from clinical physiotherapy to health policy, what is involved with the study of health policy and management and finally we will look at her research.

Her research investigated societal economic costs of low back-pain and assessed whether it is financially more efficient for health departments to invest towards either injury prevention or continued treatment. We learn about the research methodologies used in health studies, the applications of her research and how it can be functionally applied to other health systems.

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