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European guidelines for prevention in low back pain

Burton, A. Kim, Balague, F., Cardon, G., Eriksen, H.R., Henrotin, Yves , Lahad, A., Leclerc, Annette , Muller, G. and van der Beek, A.J. (2006) European guidelines for prevention in low back pain. European Spine Journal, 15 (Supplement 2). s136-s168. ISSN 1432-0932

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Summary of the concepts of prevention in low back
pain (LBP):
• The general nature and course of commonly experienced LBP means that there is limited scope for preventing its incidence (first-time onset). Prevention, in the context of this guideline, is focused primarily on reduction of the impact and consequences of LBP.
• Primary causative mechanisms remain largely undetermined: risk factor modification will not necessarily achieve prevention.
• There is considerable scope, in principle, for prevention of the consequences of LBP – e.g. episodes (recurrence), care seeking, disability, and workloss.
• Different interventions and outcomes will be appropriate for different target populations (general population, workers, and children) yet inevitably there is overlap.
• Interventions that are essentially treatments in the clinical environment, focused on management of current symptoms, are not considered as ‘prevention’ for the purposes of this guideline: they are covered in the accompanying clinical guidelines

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Psychological Research
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Health and Social Care Research
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2008 11:21
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2011 10:47


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