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A critical review of low back pain guidelines

L Chetty 1*

Abstract


Clinical guidelines are often considered as the best evidence in healthcare. The aim of this critical review was to assess the quality and recommendations of low back pain guidelines using the Appraisal of Guidelines Research and Evaluation (AGREE) instrument. Electronic
databases were used to identify LBP guidelines from 2000-2015. Nine guidelines were selected for review out of a total of seventeen. Only five guidelines effectively addressed the AGREE scoring. On the basis of the appraisal and domain scores, only 4 guidelines were strongly recommended. There is a need for improved translation of research evidence from guidelines into clinical practice.

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