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How effective is individual patient education for people with low back pain?

Andrea Thompson

Evidence suggests provision of an intensive one-on-one education session can improve the short and long term return to work outcomes for patients with acute and sub-acute lower back pain.

Take Home Messages: 1.      An individual oral educational intervention of 2.5 hours is useful to hasten return to work outcomes in workers with acute or subacute low back pain. 2.      Simple patient education sessions of shorter duration or written information do not seem to be as effective as a single intensive 2.5 hour session. They do not do harm if they are evidence based and up-to-date, th...

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