Response to the MBS reviews imaging for low back pain protocol


Summary

Date: 12 March 2015

The RACGP has provided comment on the draft MBS reviews imaging for low back pain protocol.

The protocol commences with an accurate summary of the epidemiology of lower back pain (LBP) in Australia.

The working classification of the three categories of LBP is satisfactory for general practice. The proposed PICO is appropriate with the exception of the inclusion of ‘suspected structural deformity including scoliosis’ in the population field as these conditions are rarely disabling or life-threatening, except in their most severe forms and generally have a poor relationship to pain and disability.

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