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2022 Feb 28

Musculoskeletal Care

The effectiveness of post-professional physical therapist training in the treatment of chronic low back pain using a propensity score approach with machine learning.


Cheema C, Baldwin J, Rodeghero J, Werneke MW, Mioduski JE, Jeffries L, Kucksdorf J, Shepherd M, Randall K, Dionne C
Musculoskeletal Care. 2022 Feb 28.
PMID: 35226394.


Low back pain (LBP) is a leading cause of disability in the United States creating substantial hardships through negative social, financial, and health effects. Chronic low back pain (CLBP) accounted for above half of patients treated in physical therapy (PT) clinics for LBP. However, research shows small benefit from PT in CLBP treatment. Preliminary evidence suggests clinician-level training variables may affect outcomes, but requires further investigation to determine whether patients with CLBP benefit from treatment by providers with post-professional training. This study examined the relationship between clinician training levels and patient-reported outcomes in CLBP treatment.