Primary Care Referral of Patients With Low Back Pain to Physical Therapy: Impact on Future Health Care Utilization and Costs

@article{Fritz2012PrimaryCR,
  title={Primary Care Referral of Patients With Low Back Pain to Physical Therapy: Impact on Future Health Care Utilization and Costs},
  author={Julie M. Fritz and John D. Childs and Robert S. Wainner and Timothy W Flynn},
  journal={Spine},
  year={2012},
  volume={37},
  pages={2114–2121}
}
Study Design. A retrospective cohort. Objective. To describe physical therapy utilization following primary care consultation for low back pain (LBP) and evaluate associations between the timing and content of physical therapy and subsequent health care utilization and costs. Summary of Background Data. Primary care management of LBP is highly variable and the implications for subsequent costs are not well understood. The importance of referring patients from primary care to physical therapy… 

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