Clinical audit suggestions: low back pain
Low back pain is a common disorder, affecting around one-third of the UK adult population each year. Around 20% of people with low back pain (that is one in 15 of the population) will consult their GP.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) [CG88]
guidance for early management of non-specific low back pain.
This guidance is being revised and an updated version is due to be published in November 2016.
Assessment of all patients with low back pain and radicular pain includes assessment of the risk of developing persistent disability:
severity of pain
the impact of the back pain
the risk of persistent disability.
STarT Back screening tool for assessment of risk of developing persistent disability. This tool enables healthcare professionals to provide patients with targeted treatment. Keele University runs a course to teach healthcare professionals how to use the screening tool. Resources
Read codes for low back pain:
N142 Low back pain
N145 Backache unspecified
N1420 Pain in lumbar spine
S57z Back sprain NOS
S57z0 Pulled back muscle
16C3 Backache with radiation
16C5 C/O low back pain
16C6 Back pain no radiation
16C8 Exacerbation of backache
16C9 Chronic low back pain
16CZ Backache symptom
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