Standards Seek to Promote Consistency in Studies of Chronic Low Back Pain

A Research Task Force convened by the NIH Pain Consortium has developed new recommendations for research standards to be used in comparing the results of chronic low back pain studies. The proposed methodology is published in the June 15 edition of the journal Spine.

The task force report asserts that standardized research methods are needed to make greater progress toward reducing the high burden and costs of chronic low back pain (cLBP). Key issues addressed by the recommendations included defining the problem of cLBP, assessing its impact on patients' lives, identifying the minimum dataset that should be collected in cLBP research, and defining the best outcomes to evaluate treatment effectiveness. Read a news story, with link to the journal article, here.

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