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The enduring impact of what clinicians say to people with low back pain

Lauren Finestone

Healthcare professionals have more influence than they may realise on the attitudes and beliefs of people grappling with low back pain. They have a powerful opportunity to use this power for good.

As we have increasingly come to understand, back pain is not just physical. Psychological and social factors — like how patients cope with pain, fear of movement and pessimism about recovery — all play into the equation.  So understanding where patients' beliefs come from and how much influence the various sources of information have is crucial.  A New Zealand study was particularly interested in the relationship between p...

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