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Human Studies

2020 May 01

Pain Med



Effects of Biopsychosocial Education on the Clinical Judgments of Medical Students and GP Trainees Regarding Future Risk of Disability in Chronic Lower Back Pain: A Randomized Control Trial.


Dwyer CP, MacNeela P, Durand H, O'Connor LL, Main CJ, McKenna-Plumley PE, Hamm RM, Reynolds B, Conneely S, Slattery BW, Taheny D, Nic Gabhainn S, Murphy AW, Kropmans T, McGuire BE
Pain Med. 2020 May 01; 21(5):939-950.
PMID: 31846024.


Chronic lower back pain (CLBP) is a major health care burden and often results in workplace absenteeism. It is a priority for appropriate management of CLBP to get individuals back to work as early as possible. Interventions informed by the flags approach, which integrates cognitive and behavioral approaches via identification of biopsychosocial barriers to recovery, have resulted in reduced pain-related work absences and increased return to work for individuals with CLBP. However, research indicates that physicians' adherence to biopsychosocial guidelines is low.