NIH Task Force Report on Chronic Low Back Pain
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 05:03 PM

Despite rapidly increasing intervention, functional disability due to chronic low back pain (cLBP) has increased in recent decades. We often cannot identify mechanisms to explain the major negative impact cLBP has on patients' lives.

A task force was convened by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Pain Consortium, that included ACA member and research consultant Christine Goertz, DC, PhD, with the goal of developing research standards for chronic low back pain. The results include recommendations for definitions, a minimal dataset, reporting outcomes and future research.

The Research Task Force believes these recommendations will advance the field, help to resolve controversies, and facilitate future research addressing the genomic, neurologic and other mechanistic substrates of cLBP.

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