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March 7, 2001

Do Back Belts Prevent Back Injury?

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;285(9):1151-1152. doi:10.1001/jama.285.9.1151

To the Editor: Dr Wassell and colleagues1 report that back belt use was unassociated with either self-reported back pain or workers' compensation claims for back injury. This prospective cohort study included data on individual-level risk factors for back injury, which has not been measured in previous studies.2,3