How can we best predict outcome of low back pain?

This article examines a variety of psychological screening tools to predict low back pain outcome at 6 months

Low back pain is the most common musculoskeletal complaint seen in primary care. There has been a shift over the past decade away from the biomedical approach to treating low back pain and this shift includes the introduction of pschological screening tools as part of an initial assesment. There are numerous pyschological screening tools available to clinicians and the current, prospective study aimed to define the best tools for predicting recovery after 6 months as well as provide an indication of which specific aspects are the best predictors.


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