Monthly Archives: January 2017
In order to provide the most effective treatment for low back pain and to treat those most in need, screening instruments can be used to best allocate care; however there is uncertainty over their prognostic performance. Published today in BMC Medicine, a new systematic review looks to assess how accurately screening instruments can classify those with an episode of low back pain who will have a poor outcome. Here author, Emma Karran, tells us more.2
The Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB) is an established tool used to assess the physical performance of a patient’s lower extremities. Published in BMC Medicine, a meta-analysis looks at whether a patient’s SPPB score can be used a predictor for all cause mortality. Here, lead author of the study, Rita Pavasini, tells us more.
Published today in BMC Medicine a new study looks at the placebo effect and how it can be utilized to improve the long-term outcome in heart surgery patients. In this blog the authors of the study discuss their findings and explore how patient expectations are a major mechanism that causes the placebo effect.1
Published today in Critical Care, a new clinical trial investigates whether whole-body-vibration, which has been used in rehabilitation care; professional athletics and even on astronauts, could be used in intensive care units to protect against muscle wasting. Here, the authors of the paper tell us more.