The CSP submitted a response, based on members' comments, to the NICE consultation on guidelines for non-specific low back pain and sciatica in May 2016.
Some of the key issues raised include:
- concern over the focus on group exercise over individual, when this did not seem to be in line with the evidence review
- the rationale behind the requirements for superiority of acupuncture over sham. This requirement was not applied to all modalities
- whether the approach to appraising the evidence for acupuncture was equitable to the approach to the evidence for other modalities.