Comment & Response
March 2014

Assessment and Management of Back Pain

Author Affiliations
  • 1The Osteopathic Research Center, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Ft Worth
  • 2Department of Psychology, College of Science, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington
  • 3Spine Research LLC, Winchester, Massachusetts

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JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(3):478-479. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.13692

To the Editor We wish to congratulate Mafi and colleagues1 on their article “Worsening Trends in the Management and Treatment of Back Pain.” The assessment and management of back pain has long been recognized as suboptimal in the United States, with perceived overutilization of health services that are not in accordance with recommendations from evidence-based clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) and underutilization of recommended health services. Nevertheless, this article has stimulated additional thought on several issues that warrant attention.

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