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2019 Nov-Dec

J Am Board Fam Med



Health Care Utilization and Pain Outcomes Following Early Imaging for Low Back Pain in Older Adults.


Powell AC, Rogstad TL, Elliott SW, Price SE, Long JW, Deshmukh UU, Murad HM, Steffen MW
J Am Board Fam Med. 2019 Nov-Dec; 32(6):773-780.
PMID: 31704745.


Professional societies have provided inconsistent guidance regarding whether older patients should receive early imaging for low back pain, in the absence of clinical indications. The study assesses the implications of early imaging by evaluating its association with downstream utilization in an elderly population.