Primary care physicians can use Q-and-A to form pain prognosis

05/14/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Primary care physicians who asked patients with musculoskeletal pain three questions, in addition to doing a normal work-up, more accurately predicted those who still would have pain six months later than those who just did a work-up, U.K. researchers said. The study in JAMA Internal Medicine said patients were asked when they last were pain free for a month or longer, whether pain had interfered with daily activities in the past month, and if they had pain anywhere else within that time.

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