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Early x ray for low back pain confers little benefit

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 16 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1489
  1. Annabel Ferriman
  1. BMJ

    Routine early x ray examination for low back pain is expensive and confers little benefit, a new report from the Health Technology Assessment programme said last week.

    The report describes and analyses the first randomised controlled trial based in UK general practice to have looked at whether a GP referral for radiography affects short and long term outcomes for patients who consult with low back pain.

    The trial, which involved 153 patients from 94 GP practices in London, showed …

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