STarT Back Screening Tool for Low Back Pain

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Created by Keele University, Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences, the STarT Back Screening Tool aims to enable GPs to classify back pain patients according to their risk of persistent pain and then to target them to appropriate matched treatments.

Startback screening tool
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The copyright (©2007) of the STarT Back Screening Tool and associated materials is owned by Keele University, the development of which was part funded by Arthritis Research UK: i) the tool is designed for use by health care practitioners, with appropriate treatment packages for each of the stratified groups; ii) the tool is not intended to recommend the use of any particular product. No license is required for non-commercial use.  If you would like to incorporate the tool in any way into commercial product materials, please contact Keele University for further advice.

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28885 (v1)
Last Checked:
11 November 2014
Next Review:
10 November 2017

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