Physician variation in diagnostic testing for low back pain : who you see is what you get.
This study examined patterns of diagnostic test use for patients with low back pain.
Three specific questions were addressed: 1) What tests do physicians recommend for patients with 3 common types of low back pain? 2) Do physicians in various specialties differ in the tests they would order? and 3) How appropriate are physicians'choices of tests, based on current medical knowledge and expert recommendations?
A stratified national random sample of 2,604 physicians in 8 specialties was mailed questionnaires asking about the tests they would order for hypothetical patients with acute back pain, sciatica, or chronic low back pain.
Physicians were also asked which procedures they generally used to evaluate suspected lumbar nerve root compression.
Mots-clés Pascal : Lombalgie, Diagnostic, Questionnaire, Imagerie RMN, Médecin, Exploration, Protocole thérapeutique, Homme, Spécialité médicale, Douleur, Rachis lombaire, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Rachis pathologie, Rachialgie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Low back pain, Diagnosis, Questionnaire, Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, Physician, Exploration, Therapeutic protocol, Human, Medical specialty, Pain, Lumbar spine, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Disease of the spine, Rachialgia
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0178270
Code Inist : 002B15I. Création : 199406.