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Publication Title: 
Spine

STUDY DESIGN: Best evidence synthesis. OBJECTIVE: To provide evidence-based guidance to primary care clinicians about how to best assess and treat patients with neck pain. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: There is a need to translate the results of clinical and epidemiologic studies into meaningful and practical information for clinicians.

Author(s): 
Guzman, Jaime
Haldeman, Scott
Carroll, Linda J.
Carragee, Eugene J.
Hurwitz, Eric L.
Peloso, Paul
Nordin, Margareta
Cassidy, J. David
Holm, Lena W.
Côté, Pierre
van der Velde, Gabrielle
Hogg-Johnson, Sheilah
Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders
Publication Title: 
Spine

STUDY DESIGN: Best evidence synthesis. OBJECTIVE: To provide evidence-based guidance to primary care clinicians about how to best assess and treat patients with neck pain. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: There is a need to translate the results of clinical and epidemiologic studies into meaningful and practical information for clinicians.

Author(s): 
Guzman, Jaime
Haldeman, Scott
Carroll, Linda J.
Carragee, Eugene J.
Hurwitz, Eric L.
Peloso, Paul
Nordin, Margareta
Cassidy, J. David
Holm, Lena W.
Côté, Pierre
van der Velde, Gabrielle
Hogg-Johnson, Sheilah
Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders
Publication Title: 
General Hospital Psychiatry

This study was done to clarify whether and in what way a patient's coping repertoire can be linked to the disposition decision in a psychiatric emergency service. For 1 year, all consultations (N = 1439) of a psychiatric emergency service were documented in a detailed questionnaire covering sociodemographic and diagnostic data as well as information about the disposition decision. Depending on disposition, three groups were identified: outpatients (N = 530), inpatients (N = 481), and a nonintervention group (N = 428).

Author(s): 
Schnyder, U.
Valach, L.
Heim, E.
Publication Title: 
Perspectives in Biology and Medicine

"Turfing" denotes a patient transfer or triage from one physician to another when the care of that patient feels more troublesome than it is worth. A widespread phenomenon in medical training programs, turfing appears to allocate patient care to meet physicians' rather than patients' needs. Although turfing reportedly causes inter-physician discord and inter-specialty stereotyping, its deeper consequences are poorly understood. Turfing is an interpersonal conflict masquerading as a medical issue.

Author(s): 
Caldicott, Catherine V.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

OBJECTIVE: A health care facility (Jordan Hospital) implemented a multidimensional spine care pathway (SCP) using the National Center for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Back Pain Recognition Program (BPRP) as its foundation. The purpose of this report is to describe the implementation and results of a multidisciplinary, evidence-based, standardized process to improve clinical outcomes and reduce costs associated with treatment and diagnostic testing. METHODS: A standardized SCP was developed to improve the quality of back pain care.

Author(s): 
Paskowski, Ian
Schneider, Michael
Stevans, Joel
Ventura, John M.
Justice, Brian D.
Publication Title: 
South African Medical Journal = Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde

OBJECTIVES. To evaluate pain incidence and pain management in a South African paediatric trauma unit, and to compare the usefulness of 5 different assessment tools. DESIGN. A prospective observational study, using the Numerical Rating Scale for pain (NRS pain), Numerical Rating Scale for anxiety (NRS anxiety), the Alder Hey Triage Pain Score (AHTPS), the COMFORT behaviour scale and the Touch Visual Pain Scale (TVPS). All patients were assessed at admission; those who were hospitalised were again assessed every 3 hours until discharge. RESULTS.

Author(s): 
Thiadens, Tessa
Vervat, Elleke
Albertyn, Rene
Van Dijk, Monique
Van As, A. B. Sebastian
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