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September 27, 2000

Improving Back Pain Care

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JAMA. 2000;284(12):1506. doi:10.1001/jama.284.12.1506-JQU00007-4-1

Evidence-based guidelines for treating acute low back pain have existed for years, but many clinicians continue to prescribe treatments that are largely ineffective. However, a new study shows that health facilities can make rapid improvements in how they care for back pain.

Researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Boston-based Institute for Healthcare Improvement reported in the September issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine on 22 health care organizations that attempted to implement quality improvement changes during a 1-year study period.