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How to really reassure

Gabrielle Lis

Patient / treater rapport, emotional validation and education backed by experiences that demonstrate the truth of what has been learned bring long-term benefits to patients with back pain, according to spine expert Dr Donald Murphy. Can GPs do it?

Reassurance is an art at which treaters don’t always excel. This can have serious consequences for people with non-specific back pain since reassurance and self-care (not scans, prescriptions or referral to specialists) are the evidence-based gold standard in back pain care. Dr Donald Murphy, a chiropractor, primary spine practitioner, researcher and educator, recently gave us the lowdown on non-reassuring reassurance: when treating practi...

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