Clinician Experience Influences Decision Making in Musculoskeletal Pain Therapy

In advising patients on musculoskeletal pain management, newer physicians were found to be significantly more likely than their more experienced counterparts to recommend lifestyle behavior modification, particularly regarding exercise habits,  to lose weight and to refer for physical therapy. Publishing in Arthritis Care and Research, the study authors noted that the probability of giving recommended lifestyle advice increased linearly with the length of time in practice. And such advice was more likely to be given if physicians were in organizations that focused primarily on quality of care. Read a news report here.

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