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2022 Mar 01

Br Paramed J



Ambulance service use by patients with lower back pain: an observational study.


Capsey M, Ryan C, Alexanders J, Martin D
Br Paramed J. 2022 Mar 01; 6(4):11-17.
PMID: 35340575.


Lower back pain (LBP) is the leading cause of disability globally and can be distressing for patients. It is commonly reported that serious pathologies underlying LBP are rare and most patients would be more appropriately managed in primary care. However, recent literature suggests patients accessing emergency care may differ from those accessing primary care. Currently, little is known about the use of ambulance services by people with LBP. The aim of this study was to investigate the extent and nature of ambulance services utilisation by patients presenting with LBP.