Date of this Version

3-18-2016

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Editorial

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Abbott, A. (2016). Evidence base and future research directions in the management of low back pain. World Journal of Orthopaedics, 7(3), 156-161.

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2218-5836

Abstract

Low back pain (LBP) is a prevalent and costly condition. Awareness of valid and reliable patient history taking,physical examination and clinical testing is important for diagnostic accuracy. Stratified care which targets treatment to patient subgroups based on key characteristics is reliant upon accurate diagnostics. Models of stratified care that can potentially improve treatment effects include prognostic risk profiling for persistent LBP, likely response to specific treatment based on clinical prediction models or suspected underlying causal mechanisms. The focus of this editorial is to highlight current research status and future directions for LBP diagnostics and stratified care.

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