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Are you a physician interested in GLA:D Back access for your patients?

We invite you to consider the Alberta Back Care Pathway!

Please note that at this time you must be part of a participating PCN

(scroll down for a list of participating PCNs in Alberta)

What is the
Alberta Back Care Pathway (ABCp)?

The ABCp is a University of Alberta research project for primary care physicians and their patients who have low back pain. The project provides evidence-based ways to address low back pain at no-cost (or low-cost) to patients.


To participate, a physician must part of a participating PCN, the physician must be enrolled in the project, and their patient must meet the project's inclusion criteria and agree to participate. After completing a 10-minute history/exam procedure, the physician can place their patient into one of 6 evidence-based pathways having a specific prognosis, intervention and follow-up plan. In some pathways, the intervention is the GLA:D Back program which provides education and/or exercise in small-group settings (in-person or via Zoom). At all times, patient oversight remains with the PCN physician who will receive full reporting.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are using the ABCp?

Currently, the following PCNs have physicians who are using the ABCp. Note: Not all physicians belonging to a participating PCN are enrolled to use the ABCp. 

  • Edmonton West PCN

  • Edmonton South PCN

  • Edmonton O'day-min PCN

  • Calgary West Central PCN

  • Sherwood Park - Strathcona County PCN

  • Wolf Creek PCN

  • Edmonton North PCN

For patients - am I eligible for the ABCp?

For persons having low back pain, your physician must be enrolled in the project for you to access the ABCp and you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be 18 years or older

  • You must speak and write in English

  • You must have access to the internet

  • You must not be receiving care or compensation from the Worker's Compensation Board or receiving care or compensation as a result of a motor vehicle accident

  • You must be allowed by your physician to exercise 

For physicians and staff - additional information and training links

For physicians and staff - consent to contact form, ABCp category schematic, and waiting room materials

Alberta Back Care Pathway

Questions? Email our team at

Phone: (825) 401-4157

Fax: (587) 402-8538

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