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Human Studies

2020 Sep 02

BMJ Open



Patient education materials for non-specific low back pain and sciatica: a protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis.


Furlong B, Aubrey-Bassler K, Etchegary H, Pike A, Darmonkow G, Swab M, Hall A
BMJ Open. 2020 Sep 02; 10(9):e039530.
PMID: 32878763.


Low back pain accounts for more disability than any other musculoskeletal condition and is associated with severe economic burden. Patients commonly present with negative beliefs about low back pain and this can have detrimental effects on their health outcomes. Providing evidence-based, patient-centred education that meets patient needs could help address these negative beliefs and alleviate the substantial low back pain burden. The primary aim of this review is to investigate the effectiveness of patient education materials on immediate process, clinical and health system outcomes.