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Arthritis Res Ther. 2012 Feb 29;14(1):205. doi: 10.1186/ar3743.

Taking responsibility for the early assessment and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal pain: a review and critical analysis.

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Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG, UK. n.foster@keele.ac.uk

Abstract

Musculoskeletal pain is common across all populations and costly in terms of impact on the individual and, more generally, on society. In most health-care systems, the first person to see the patient with a musculoskeletal problem such as back pain is the general practitioner, and access to other professionals such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, or osteopaths is still either largely controlled by a traditional medical model of referral or left to self-referral by the patient. In this paper, we examine the arguments for the general practitioner-led model and consider the arguments, and underpinning evidence, for reconsidering who should take responsibility for the early assessment and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal problems.

PMID:
22404958
PMCID:
PMC3392833
DOI:
10.1186/ar3743
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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