Interventions and Contextual Understanding for Low Back Pain Research

Funded by Biocenter Oulu Institute, ICON aims to better understand musculoskeletal disease and, in particular, low back pain (LBP).

We work closely together with the PRIMO research group at the University of Oulu Hospital.

ICON continues the research (see publications) on finding new interventions for LBP but adds a critical component to the mix: mobile follow-up studies that exploit both objective and subjective data collection methods.


  1. Hosio S, Karppinen J, van Berkel N, Oppenlaender J & Goncalves J (2018); Mobile Decision Support and Data Provisioning for Low Back Pain; IEEE Computer, 51(8).
  2. Hosio S, Karppinen J, Takala EP, Takatalo J, Goncalves J, van Berkel N, Konomi S, Kostakos V (2018); Crowdsourcing Treatments for Low Back Pain; Proc. ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2018)

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