Dr Adrian Traeger

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Public Health


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Biographical details

Adrian Traeger is a postdoctoral research fellow at Musculoskeletal Health Sydney, a division of the School of Public Health, University of Sydney. He is a physiotherapist who has worked in primary care for over 10 years. His completed his doctorate at NeuRA, UNSW, which focused on how to reassure patients with low back pain.

Research interests

Adrian’s postdoctoral research focus is on developing strategies to improve healthcare for low back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions. He is currently investigating ways to reduce unnecessary diagnostic imaging for low back pain. Other interests include overdiagnosis and overtreatment, communicating research evidence to healthcare consumers, and evidence-based practice.

Current research students

Project title Research student
Reducing Overdiagnosis In The Area of Musculoskeletal Disorder Sweekriti SHARMA

Awards and honours

NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow

In the media

Channel 7 News(13 Nov 2017)

The Age (13 Nov 2017)

The Health Report with Dr. Norman Swan(1 Feb 2016)

The Medical Republic(21 June 2016)

Medical Observer (17 April 2015)

Selected grants

2018

  • Reducing unnecessary imaging for low back pain; Traeger A; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Early Career Fellowships.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Traeger, A., Reed, B., O'Connor, D., Hoffmann, T., De Carvalho Machado, G., Bonner, C., Maher, C., Buchbinder, R. (2018). Clinician, patient and general public beliefs about diagnostic imaging for low back pain: protocol for a qualitative evidence synthesis. BMJ Open, 8(2), e019470. [More Information]
  • Traeger, A., Skinner, I., Hubscher, M., Lee, H., Moseley, G., Nicholas, M., Henschke, N., Refshauge, K., Blyth, F., Main, C., Lo, S., et al (2017). A randomized, placebo-controlled trial of patient education for acute low back pain (PREVENT Trial): statistical analysis plan. Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy, 21(3), 219-223. [More Information]
  • Lee, H., Hubscher, M., Moseley, G., Kamper, S., Traeger, A., Skinner, I., Williams, C., McAuley, J. (2017). An embedded randomised controlled trial of a Teaser Campaign to optimise recruitment in primary care. Clinical Trials, 14(2), 162-169. [More Information]
  • Karran, E., McAuley, J., Traeger, A., Hillier, S., Grabherr, L., Russek, L., Moseley, G. (2017). Can screening instruments accurately determine poor outcome risk in adults with recent onset low back pain? A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Medicine, 15(1). [More Information]
  • Traeger, A., Buchbinder, R., Harris, I., Maher, C. (2017). Diagnosis and management of low-back pain in primary care. CMAJ, 189(45), E1386-E1395. [More Information]
  • Saragiotto, B., Maher, C., Traeger, A., Li, Q., McAuley, J. (2017). Dispelling the myth that chronic pain is unresponsive to treatment. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51(13), 986-988. [More Information]
  • Karran, E., McAuley, J., Traeger, A., Hillier, S., Grabherr, L., Russek, L., Moseley, G. (2017). Erratum to: Can screening instruments accurately determine poor outcome risk in adults with recent onset low back pain? A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Medicine, 15(1), 44. [More Information]
  • Traeger, A., Kamper, S. (2017). The effect of nothing? Time to abandon the concept of placebo. Pain, 158(6), 1179-1179. [More Information]
  • Karran, E., Traeger, A., McAuley, J., Hillier, S., Yau, Y., Moseley, G. (2017). The Value of Prognostic Screening for Patients With Low Back Pain in Secondary Care. The Journal of Pain, 18(6), 673-686. [More Information]
  • Traeger, A., Hubscher, M., McAuley, J. (2017). Understanding the usefulness of prognostic models in clinical decision-making. Journal of Physiotherapy, 63(2), 121-125. [More Information]
  • Traeger, A., Skinner, I., Hubscher, M., Henschke, N., Moseley, G., McAuley, J. (2017). What you wear does not affect the credibility of your treatment: A blinded randomized controlled study. Patient Education and Counseling, 100(1), 104-111. [More Information]
  • Traeger, A., Moynihan, R., Maher, C. (2017). Wise choices: making physiotherapy care more valuable. Journal of Physiotherapy, 63(2), 63-65. [More Information]
  • Lee, H., McAuley, J., Hubscher, M., Kamper, S., Traeger, A., Moseley, G. (2016). Does changing pain-related knowledge reduce pain and improve function through changes in catastrophizing? Pain, 157(4), 922-930. [More Information]
  • Traeger, A., Hubscher, M., Henschke, N., Williams, C., Maher, C., Moseley, G., Lee, H., McAuley, J. (2016). Emotional distress drives health services overuse in patients with acute low back pain: a longitudinal observational study. European Spine Journal, 25(9), 2767-2773. [More Information]
  • Traeger, A., Henschke, N., Hubscher, M., Williams, C., Kamper, S., Maher, C., Moseley, G., McAuley, J. (2016). Estimating the Risk of Chronic Pain: Development and Validation of a Prognostic Model (PICKUP) for Patients with Acute Low Back Pain. PLoS Medicine, 13(5), 1-21. [More Information]
  • Lee, H., McAuley, J., Hubscher, M., Kamper, S., Traeger, A., Moseley, G. (2016). Reply. Pain, 157(9), 2142-2142. [More Information]
  • Traeger, A., Henschke, N., Hubscher, M., Williams, C., Kamper, S., Maher, C., Moseley, G., McAuley, J. (2015). Development and validation of a screening tool to predict the risk of chronic low back pain in patients presenting with acute low back pain: a study protocol. BMJ Open, 5(7), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Traeger, A., Hubscher, M., Henschke, N., Moseley, G., Lee, H., McAuley, J. (2015). Effect of primary care based education on reassurance in patients with acute low back pain systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Internal Medicine, 175(5), 733-743. [More Information]
  • Lee, H., Hübscher, M., Moseley, G., Kamper, S., Traeger, A., Mansell, G., McAuley, J. (2015). How does pain lead to disability? A systematic review and meta-analysis of mediation studies in people with back and neck pain. Pain, 156(6), 988-997. [More Information]
  • Lee, H., Moseley, G., Hubscher, M., Kamper, S., Traeger, A., Skinner, I., McAuley, J. (2015). Understanding how pain education causes changes in pain and disability: protocol for a causal mediation analysis of the PREVENT trial. Journal of Physiotherapy, 61(3), 156-156. [More Information]
  • Huebscher, M., Moloney, N., Rebbeck, T., Traeger, A., Refshauge, K. (2014). Contributions of Mood, Pain Catastrophizing, and Cold Hyperalgesia in Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain - A Comparison With Pain-Free Controls. Clinical Journal of Pain, 30(10), 886-893. [More Information]
  • Traeger, A., Moseley, G., Hubscher, M., Lee, H., Skinner, I., Nicholas, M., Henschke, N., Refshauge, K., Blyth, F., Main, C., et al (2014). Pain education to prevent chronic low back pain: a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 4(6), 1-7. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Traeger, A., Huebscher, M., Moseley, G., Nicholas, M., Henschke, N., Refshauge, K., McAuley, J. (2013). Prevent trial protocol: neurophysiology education explain pain to prevent chronic low back pain. APA Conference 2013 'New Moves', Melbourne: Australian Physiotherapy Association.

2018

  • Traeger, A., Reed, B., O'Connor, D., Hoffmann, T., De Carvalho Machado, G., Bonner, C., Maher, C., Buchbinder, R. (2018). Clinician, patient and general public beliefs about diagnostic imaging for low back pain: protocol for a qualitative evidence synthesis. BMJ Open, 8(2), e019470. [More Information]

2017

  • Traeger, A., Skinner, I., Hubscher, M., Lee, H., Moseley, G., Nicholas, M., Henschke, N., Refshauge, K., Blyth, F., Main, C., Lo, S., et al (2017). A randomized, placebo-controlled trial of patient education for acute low back pain (PREVENT Trial): statistical analysis plan. Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy, 21(3), 219-223. [More Information]
  • Lee, H., Hubscher, M., Moseley, G., Kamper, S., Traeger, A., Skinner, I., Williams, C., McAuley, J. (2017). An embedded randomised controlled trial of a Teaser Campaign to optimise recruitment in primary care. Clinical Trials, 14(2), 162-169. [More Information]
  • Karran, E., McAuley, J., Traeger, A., Hillier, S., Grabherr, L., Russek, L., Moseley, G. (2017). Can screening instruments accurately determine poor outcome risk in adults with recent onset low back pain? A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Medicine, 15(1). [More Information]
  • Traeger, A., Buchbinder, R., Harris, I., Maher, C. (2017). Diagnosis and management of low-back pain in primary care. CMAJ, 189(45), E1386-E1395. [More Information]
  • Saragiotto, B., Maher, C., Traeger, A., Li, Q., McAuley, J. (2017). Dispelling the myth that chronic pain is unresponsive to treatment. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51(13), 986-988. [More Information]
  • Karran, E., McAuley, J., Traeger, A., Hillier, S., Grabherr, L., Russek, L., Moseley, G. (2017). Erratum to: Can screening instruments accurately determine poor outcome risk in adults with recent onset low back pain? A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Medicine, 15(1), 44. [More Information]
  • Traeger, A., Kamper, S. (2017). The effect of nothing? Time to abandon the concept of placebo. Pain, 158(6), 1179-1179. [More Information]
  • Karran, E., Traeger, A., McAuley, J., Hillier, S., Yau, Y., Moseley, G. (2017). The Value of Prognostic Screening for Patients With Low Back Pain in Secondary Care. The Journal of Pain, 18(6), 673-686. [More Information]
  • Traeger, A., Hubscher, M., McAuley, J. (2017). Understanding the usefulness of prognostic models in clinical decision-making. Journal of Physiotherapy, 63(2), 121-125. [More Information]
  • Traeger, A., Skinner, I., Hubscher, M., Henschke, N., Moseley, G., McAuley, J. (2017). What you wear does not affect the credibility of your treatment: A blinded randomized controlled study. Patient Education and Counseling, 100(1), 104-111. [More Information]
  • Traeger, A., Moynihan, R., Maher, C. (2017). Wise choices: making physiotherapy care more valuable. Journal of Physiotherapy, 63(2), 63-65. [More Information]

2016

  • Lee, H., McAuley, J., Hubscher, M., Kamper, S., Traeger, A., Moseley, G. (2016). Does changing pain-related knowledge reduce pain and improve function through changes in catastrophizing? Pain, 157(4), 922-930. [More Information]
  • Traeger, A., Hubscher, M., Henschke, N., Williams, C., Maher, C., Moseley, G., Lee, H., McAuley, J. (2016). Emotional distress drives health services overuse in patients with acute low back pain: a longitudinal observational study. European Spine Journal, 25(9), 2767-2773. [More Information]
  • Traeger, A., Henschke, N., Hubscher, M., Williams, C., Kamper, S., Maher, C., Moseley, G., McAuley, J. (2016). Estimating the Risk of Chronic Pain: Development and Validation of a Prognostic Model (PICKUP) for Patients with Acute Low Back Pain. PLoS Medicine, 13(5), 1-21. [More Information]
  • Lee, H., McAuley, J., Hubscher, M., Kamper, S., Traeger, A., Moseley, G. (2016). Reply. Pain, 157(9), 2142-2142. [More Information]

2015

  • Traeger, A., Henschke, N., Hubscher, M., Williams, C., Kamper, S., Maher, C., Moseley, G., McAuley, J. (2015). Development and validation of a screening tool to predict the risk of chronic low back pain in patients presenting with acute low back pain: a study protocol. BMJ Open, 5(7), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Traeger, A., Hubscher, M., Henschke, N., Moseley, G., Lee, H., McAuley, J. (2015). Effect of primary care based education on reassurance in patients with acute low back pain systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Internal Medicine, 175(5), 733-743. [More Information]
  • Lee, H., Hübscher, M., Moseley, G., Kamper, S., Traeger, A., Mansell, G., McAuley, J. (2015). How does pain lead to disability? A systematic review and meta-analysis of mediation studies in people with back and neck pain. Pain, 156(6), 988-997. [More Information]
  • Lee, H., Moseley, G., Hubscher, M., Kamper, S., Traeger, A., Skinner, I., McAuley, J. (2015). Understanding how pain education causes changes in pain and disability: protocol for a causal mediation analysis of the PREVENT trial. Journal of Physiotherapy, 61(3), 156-156. [More Information]

2014

  • Huebscher, M., Moloney, N., Rebbeck, T., Traeger, A., Refshauge, K. (2014). Contributions of Mood, Pain Catastrophizing, and Cold Hyperalgesia in Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain - A Comparison With Pain-Free Controls. Clinical Journal of Pain, 30(10), 886-893. [More Information]
  • Traeger, A., Moseley, G., Hubscher, M., Lee, H., Skinner, I., Nicholas, M., Henschke, N., Refshauge, K., Blyth, F., Main, C., et al (2014). Pain education to prevent chronic low back pain: a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 4(6), 1-7. [More Information]

2013

  • Traeger, A., Huebscher, M., Moseley, G., Nicholas, M., Henschke, N., Refshauge, K., McAuley, J. (2013). Prevent trial protocol: neurophysiology education explain pain to prevent chronic low back pain. APA Conference 2013 'New Moves', Melbourne: Australian Physiotherapy Association.

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