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OBJECTIVE This systematic review assessed the available published evidence on the efficacy and safety of using trigger point injection (TPI) to treat patients with chronic non-malignant musculoskeletal pain that had persisted for at least 3 months. METHODS All published systematic reviews or randomized controlled trials detailing the use of TPI in(More)
RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES A collaborative, multidisciplinary guideline adaptation process was developed to construct a single overarching, evidence-based clinical practice guideline (CPG) for all primary care practitioners responsible for the management of low back pain (LBP) to curb the use of ineffective treatments and improve patient outcomes. (More)
OBJECTIVE To ascertain knowledge gaps in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic low back pain (LBP) in the primary care setting to prepare a scoping survey for identifying knowledge gaps in LBP management among Alberta's primary care practitioners, and to identify potential barriers to implementing a multidisciplinary LBP guideline. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify formal, publicly available guidelines for stillbirth investigation and to identify the most appropriate clinical practice guideline (or component of a guideline) for use in Alberta. METHODS A systematic literature search was conducted to identify primary and secondary research studies published between January 1985 and August 2006(More)
OBJECTIVE To increase the use of evidence-informed approaches to diagnosis, investigation, and treatment of headache for patients in primary care. QUALITY OF EVIDENCE A comprehensive search was conducted for relevant guidelines and systematic reviews published between January 2000 and May 2011. The guidelines were critically appraised using the AGREE(More)
Health technology assessments (HTAs) are an as yet unexploited source of comprehensive, systematically generated information that could be used by research funding agencies to formulate researchable questions that are relevant to decision-makers. We describe a process that was developed for distilling evidence gaps identified in HTAs into researchable(More)
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVE A research translation strategy for chronic pain was developed that has significant potential to advance the usefulness of systematic reviews (SRs) in clinical practice. METHOD The strategy used interactive case-based workshops that summarize current evidence on treatments for chronic non-cancer pain. Health technology assessment(More)
Rationale, aims and objectives The Appraisal of Guidelines Research and Evaluation (AGREE) instrument is a generic tool for assessing guideline quality. This feasibility study aimed to reduce the ambiguity and subjectivity associated with AGREE item scoring, and to augment the tool's capacity to differentiate between good- and poor-quality guidelines.(More)