Clinical guidelines for low back pain: A critical review of consensus and inconsistencies across three major guidelines.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Given the scale and cost of the low back pain problem, it is imperative that healthcare professionals involved in the care of people with low back pain have access to up-to-date, evidence-based information to assist them in treatment decision-making. Clinical guidelines exist to promote the consistent best practice, to reduce unwarranted variation and to reduce the use of low-value interventions in patient care. Recent decades have witnessed the publication of a number of such guidelines. In this narrative review, we consider three selected international interdisciplinary guidelines for the management of low back pain. Guideline development methods, consistent recommendations and inconsistencies between these guidelines are critically discussed.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • O'Connell, NE; Cook, CE; Wand, BM; Ward, SP

Published Date

  • December 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 968 - 980

PubMed ID

  • 29103554

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-1770

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.berh.2017.05.001


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands