As part of my on-going review of the literature which is then used in the case management part of the OPC-DM part of our practice as well as used in the updating of the Carswell Publications Return to Work Compliance Toolkit and the Lower Back and Neck Pain books I come across scientific articles which I think will be of interest to our clients and readers.
This is an important article and study amongst many which still find to this day that General Practitioners in particular, and those with the most experience do not use the Evidence Based Guidelines published extensively for the treatment and management of low back and sciatica.
Could this be the reason why outcomes for treatment of low back pain are so dismal at best and why return to work rates following low back pain and sciatica are so poor in Canadian workplaces?
Have a read and let me know if you think employers need to impact health care standards in Canada.
Should the Canadian Public and employers start to question GP’s more about their standards of care and outcomes?
Jane Sleeth Physiotherapist optimalperformance.ca and Author Carswell.com
From the Journal of Gen Intern Med. 2005 December; 20(12): 1132–1135.