Low back pain is a disabling condition that is responsible for a considerable amount of health service expenditure [HMSO, London, 1994, p. 1; The Back Pain Revolution. Churchill Livingstone, London, 1999]. Following national recommendations from the Clinical Standards Advisory Group [HMSO, London, 1994, p. 1] and the Royal College of General Practitioner Guidelines [Royal College of General Practice, London, 1996, 1999], local initiatives have attempted to integrate this advice into care pathways for low back pain. This paper will detail the background development, construction and audit of an integrated care pathway for the management of patients with acute low back pain in North Staffordshire.
An integrated care pathway for the management of low back pain
Kay Stevenson, Elaine Hay
Physiotherapy - June 2004 (Vol. 90, Issue 2, Pages 91-96, DOI: 10.1016/S0031-9406(03)00009-9)