Back treatment needs revolution, says report

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 17 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1602
  1. Kwame McKenzie, freelance journalist, Florida, Fred Charatana,
  2. Fred B Charatan
  1. BMJ

    Management of acute back pain in Britain may be contributing to chronic problems and disability, said the Clinical Standards Advisory Group last week. Its 160 page report says that back pain is increasing and that a revolution in existing services is needed.

    The advisory group, which is funded by the Department of Health, wants to see fundamental changes in the treatment of back pain, which accounts for the loss of an estimated 52 million work days a year. The condition also costs pounds sterling 1.4bn …

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