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Medical narratives — a telling tale of how to communicate about problems and solutions in low back pain recovery

Lauren Finestone

A study shows how using medical narratives — or sharing stories about medical experiences — can influence patients’ outcomes from low back pain.

For about 10% of people with acute low back pain, the condition becomes long-term and a cause of much personal suffering and expense. There’s no one clear reason why some cases become persistent.  Evidence shows that how healthcare providers talk, their clinical beliefs and how they diagnose and treat can either help or hurt. For example, doing unnecessary tests or giving opioids when they're not needed can be bad, while advising pati...

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