Back pain reduced after GP reassurance

This education was significantly more likely to reassure patients than usual care or control interventions, with the effects maintained at 12 months.

“Reassurance is something [GPs] would probably regard themselves... doing [regularly]... as part of their normal consultation,” said study author Dr James McAuley, research fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia.

“But they don’t think of that as a proper legitimate treatment, equal to giving paracetamol, for example. But I think that what this study shows is that when it’s