Whiplash researchers respond to GP backlash

They have defended their findings

Academics who claimed that GPs are ordering too many X-rays and CT scans for whiplash injuries have defended their research, which one doctor dubbed “junk science”.


The team from the University of Queensland's Injury Research Centre ran through 291,100 patient encounters with nearly 3000 GPs, of which 137 consults were for whiplash-associated disorders.

Of the 63 new cases of whiplash dealt with, 19 imaging tests were ordered, including 10 neck/cervical spine X-rays and six neck/cervical spine CT scans — an ordering rate the authors claimed was excessive.