Low Back Pain in Primary Care: Effectiveness of Diagnostic and Therapeutic InterventionsBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7049.122 (Published 13 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:122
- Peter Croft
Ed Maurits W van Tulder, Bart W Koes, Lex M Bouter EMGO Institute, Amsterdam, 75 guilders, pp 285 ISBN 90 5669 011 6
Faced with the complex nature of low back pain, general practitioners and their patients focus on two basic questions. Is there a serious cause? If not, will any treatment help? Faced with rising costs, the policy makers focus on a different question: do any treatments reduce recurrence, chronicity, and work loss? This Dutch report adds the question: what can science contribute? The answer, so far, seems to be not much.
General practitioners screen for serious causes of low back pain by history, examination, investigation, and the passage …