Effects of diagnostic information, per se, on patient outcomes in acute radiculopathy and low back pain.

@article{Ash2008EffectsOD,
  title={Effects of diagnostic information, per se, on patient outcomes in acute radiculopathy and low back pain.},
  author={Lorraine M Ash and Michael Modic and Nancy A. Obuchowski and J S Ross and Michael N Brant-Zawadzki and Paul N. Grooff},
  journal={AJNR. American journal of neuroradiology},
  year={2008},
  volume={29 6},
  pages={1098-103}
}
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE We conducted a prospective randomized study of patients with acute low back pain and/or radiculopathy to assess the effect of knowledge of diagnostic findings on clinical outcome. The practice of ordering spinal imaging, perhaps unintentionally, includes a large number of patients for whom the imaging test is performed for purposes of reassurance or because of patient expectations. If this rationale is valid, one would expect to see a measurable effect from diagnostic… CONTINUE READING
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