Good clinical practice guidelines are a very important element for providing patients with improved back pain care.
Low back pain is the most common spinal disorder and affects more than 80% of all people at some point in their life. It is number six on the Global Burden of Disease List worldwide and costs the U.S. economy more than a $100 billion annually.
In the video above, Ralph E. Gay, M.D., M.S., Mayo Clinic Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation discusses clinical practice guidelines for dealing with the ailment of low back pain.
After looking at a wide array of literature, Dr. Gay offers us a better understanding of the goals and limitations of clinical practice guidelines as well as the process of guideline development and implementation.
Dr. Gay believes that if good guidelines are implemented they can be useful and will probably improve care and reduce costs.
He is also confident that there are likely models that improve on care beyond guidelines by predicting the level of care an individual patient needs.
Dr. Gay is one of the workshop Directors for the upcoming 9th Annual Mayo Clinic Spine Center: Medical Surgical Conference 2015, January 15-17, Mayo Clinic Education Center, Phoenix, AZ.