Internationally, musculoskeletal (MSK) pain conditions are the largest cause of disability and a major burden on society. Common healthcare problems related to MSK pain include overuse of radiological imaging, surgery and opioids, as well as failure to provide education and advice to patients. These practices waste healthcare resources and result in suboptimal care for patients.
 
Clinical practice guideline (CPGs) aim to improve care by guiding clinical and patient decision making, providing a standard of care, contributing to the development of aids to clinical decision making, informing stakeholders about best practice, and guiding the distribution of healthcare resources. Care that follows CPG recommendations leads to lower costs and better patient outcomes. However, CPGs have been criticized for being difficult for clinicians to use due to the multitude of CPGs for single conditions, being voluminous and not user-friendly, having issues with quality, lacking transparency in development, using inconsistent terminology, over-representing some conditions and under-representing others, and failing to outline how to implement their recommendations.
 
This study aimed to identify a common set of recommendations from high-quality CPGs that could be used to assess and manage a wide range of MSK pain conditions…LOG IN OR SUBSCRIBE TO ACCESS THIS REVIEW!
 
THIS WEEK'S RESEARCH REVIEW:
 
“Best Practices for Musculoskeletal Pain – Systematic Review”
 
This paper was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (2019) and this Review is posted in Recent Reviews, Clinical Practice, Clinical Guidelines and the 2019 Archive.
 
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