Podcast 05: Telling stories and making sense using Cognitive Functional Therapy for back pain - with Dr Kjartan Vibe Fersum


Welcome to Episode 5 of The Words Matter Podcast.

In this episode I spoke with Dr Kjartan Vibe Fersum. Kjartan is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and a researcher. He divides his time between private practice in Bergen, in Norway and he is also an Associate Professor at University of Bergen.  

His research interest lies in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal pain disorders and he lead two RCTs investigating the efficacy of Cognitive functional therapy for low back pain, published in The European Journal of Pain in 2013 and 2019.

He also contributed to the open access paper by O'Sullivan et al., (2018) outlining CFT as a framework for disabling LBP here.


He is also part of the international collaboration group, which is an excellent resource that translates and communicates the latest pain research to the public and health care professionals.  

I was really delighted and keen to speak to Kjartan. He’s been a key individual in the development, testing and teaching of CFT - which is perhaps the most cogent, coherent and comprehensive framework to guide therapists clinical reasoning  when helping people with LBP.

In this episode we talk about the journey of CFT, and the core skills and principles which centre around communication and CFTs contribution to clinical MSK practice. We chatted about the role of more traditional MSK skills such Manual therapy.

We also touched on the current evidence base of CFT, including his experience in leading two clinical trials intro the approach.

Kajrtan was a fantastic guest. He shares his exceptional expertise both passionately and energetically, which I’m sure you’ll enjoy. I bring you Dr Kjartan Vibe Versum.

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