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RE­SEARCHERS who have trans­formed pa­tients’ treat­ment for back pain have been named on a UK list of the 100 ‘best break­throughs’.

The Keele Univer­sity team de­vel­oped an in­no­va­tive and per­son­alised ap­proach, which iden­ti­fies peo­ple most at risk of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the prob­lem and then matches pa­tients with the most ap­pro­pri­ate treat­ment.

Through the tri­als, it has halved the amount of time peo­ple need off work due to back pain, re­duced their dis­abil­ity and saved mil­lions of pounds.

The sys­tem – known as ‘START Back’ – has been de­vel­oped over the last 15 years. Pro­fes­sor David Amigoni, pro vice-chan­cel­lor at Keele Univer­sity, said: “It is fan­tas­tic to see the univer­sity fea­tured.”

The list – com­piled by Uni­ver­si­ties UK – is aimed at show­ing how uni­ver­si­ties are at the fore­front of the world’s most im­por­tant dis­cov­er­ies.

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