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Mallen et al investigated the use of a core set of generic prognostic indicators, administered at the point of care, to determine the outcome for common musculoskeletal conditions. They found that easy-to-obtain pieces of information (duration of present pain episode, pain interference with daily activities, and the presence of multiple-site pain), followed by the systematic recording of the general practitioners' prognostic judgment, provide a simple assessment of prognosis in older persons presenting with musculoskeletal problems in primary care. Such an assessment offers a common foundation for investigating the usefulness of prognostic stratification for guiding management in the consultation across a range of common painful conditions.
In This Issue of JAMA Internal Medicine. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(12):1045. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.69
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