Stanton, T. R., Fritz, J., Hancock, M. J., Latimer, J., Maher, C. G., Wand, B. M., & Parent, E. (2011). Evaluation of a treatment-based classification algorithm for low back pain. World Physical Therapy 2011.
Theme: How can we better translate evidence into clinical practice?
Background: Several studies have investigated criteria for classifying patients with low back pain into treatment-based subgroups. A comprehensive algorithm was recently created to translate these criteria into a clinical decision-making guide. This study investigated the translation of the individual subgroup criteria into a comprehensive algorithm by studying the prevalence of patients meeting each treatment subgroup, more than one treatment subgroup, and none of the treatment subgroups. The reliability of the classification decision was also investigated.