Maria Fors

I am a PhD-student and my research covers physiotherapeutic treatment for patient with low back pain and Degenerative lumbar spine disorders.

Physiotherapeutic treatment in Low back pain

My future thesis focuses on physiotherapeutic treatment in low back pain (LBP). Today, evidence for physiotherapeutic treatments in LBP is based on studies of low quality, giving little knowledge about the best treatment. Few studies investigate the mediating factors of treatment.

I´m researching the effects of a best physiotherapeutic model of care in patients with LBP (called BetterBack:)) and in patients with Degenerative lumbar spine disorders.

I´m also investigating factors that can affect treatment outcome as well as mediating factors behind the effect of a best practice model of care. 



Paul Enthoven, Linnea Menning, Birgitta Öberg, Karin Schröder, Maria Fors, Yvonne Lindbäck, Allan Abbott (2024) Physiotherapists' experiences of implementation of the BetterBack model of care for low back pain in primary care - a focus group interview study Physiotherapy Theory and Practice Continue to DOI


Maria Fors (2023) Best Practice Physiotherapy for Patients with Low Back Pain in Primary Care: Clinical Outcomes and Explanatory Factors
Maria Fors, Birgitta Öberg, Paul Enthoven, Karin Schröder, Hugo Hesser, Henrik Hedevik, Allan Abbott (2023) Are illness perceptions and patient self-care enablement mediators of treatment effect in best practice physiotherapy low back pain care? Secondary mediation analyses in the BetterBack trial Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, Article 2210676 Continue to DOI


Maria Fors, Birgitta Öberg, Paul Enthoven, Karin Schröder, Allan Abbott (2022) The association between patients' illness perceptions and longitudinal clinical outcome in patients with low back pain PAIN Reports, Vol. 7, Article e1004 Continue to DOI


Karin Schröder, Birgitta Öberg, Paul Enthoven, Henrik Magnusson, Maria Fors, Allan Abbott (2021) Effectiveness and Quality of Implementing a Best Practice Model of Care for Low Back Pain (BetterBack) Compared with Routine Care in Physiotherapy: A Hybrid Type 2 Trial Journal of Clinical Medicine, Vol. 10, p. 1230- Continue to DOI