Validation of the STarT Back Screening Tool in Primary Care Management of Back Pain in the Military Health System: A Randomized Trial of Risk stratified Care
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The management of LBP imposes significant economic burden on individuals, health care delivery systems and society. Total annual direct healthcare costs in the United States incurred by patients with LBP were estimated at 90 billion dollars in 1998, 60 higher than costs for individuals without LBP. Increasing amounts of research point to the importance of even the earliest care decisions made about the management of patients with LBP towards predicting the outcomes of care including work readiness, and the likelihood of utilization of high cost procedures. A novel approach is to determine whether stratified care according to the estimated risk of poor prognosis improves clinical outcomes.
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