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
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..View full abstract
RB is supported by an NHMRC Investigator Fellowship.