Journal article

Management of patients presenting with low back pain to a private hospital emergency department in Melbourne, Australia

Rachelle Buchbinder, Allison Bourne, Margaret Staples, Chris Lui, Katie Walker, Michael Ben-Meir, Alexandra Gorelik, Gabriel Blecher

EMERGENCY MEDICINE AUSTRALASIA | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Recent studies suggest many patients with non-specific low back pain presenting to public hospital EDs receive low-value care. The primary aim was to describe management of patients presenting with low back pain to the ED of a private hospital in Melbourne, Australia, and received a final ED diagnosis of non-specific low back pain. We also determined predictors of hospital admission. METHODS: Retrospective review of patients who presented with low back pain and received a final ED diagnosis of non-specific low back pain to Cabrini Malvern ED in 2015. Demographics, lumbar spinal imaging, pathology tests and medications were extracted from hospital records. Multivariate logistic reg..

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