Online tool aims to reduce imaging for low back pain

The NPS and the George Institute, Sydney, have developed the tool in line with NHMRC guidelines as well as best practice in the UK and US.

The NPS said the condition was not always managed well in primary care and routine imaging wasted money, exposed patients to unnecessary radiation and did not lead to better outcomes.

Professor Chris Maher, director of the musculoskeletal division at the George Institute, told MO the aims of the tool included reducing imaging and also the prescribing of drugs such as NSAIDs and opioids where paracetamol could be

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