Study: Brief Intervention Shows Same Return-to-Work Rate as Multidisciplinary Approach to Low Back PainWritten by Laura Miller | June 30, 2011
Hospital-based multidisciplinary intervention may not be better than brief intervention to increase return to work and improve health in patients with low back pain, according to a study published in Spine.
Researchers analyzed the outcomes for patients who underwent brief and multidisciplinary interventions after experiencing lower back pain. The brief intervention included clinical exams and advice from a rehabilitation physician and physiotherapist. The multidisciplinary added to the treatment the expertise from a team of and the assignment of a case manager who drew up a rehabilitation plan in collaboration with the patient and other professionals.
There were 351 patients were randomized into the two groups, with 344 patients participating in all the consultations. RTW was achieved by 71 percent of the multidisciplinary patients and 76 percent of the patients in the brief intervention group. Multiple linear regression analysis showed no difference between the groups in secondary outcomes, except for in mental health where the multidisciplinary group showed better outcomes.
Read the abstract about the study on returning to work for patients with low back pain.
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