Research evidence suggests following guideline recommendations can improve quality of care and clinical outcomes. However, translating recommendations into clinical care for individuals can be challenging because guidelines, by nature, tend to inform care on a general level. Further complicating guideline adherence is confusion caused by inconsistent terminology and the existence of multiple guidelines for single conditions, among other issues. Inconsistent recommendations within guidelines raises the question, “Is there common ground among guidelines for musculoskeletal conditions?” To answer this question, researchers identified 11 recommendations that consistently appear within current guidelines.
Part of the Evidence in Action series by Palmer College of Chiropractic
The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently released a clinical practice guideline for noninvasive treatments for low back pain. The goal of this guideline is to inform care decisions by systematically evaluating and summarizing available scientific evidence for treating acute, subacute and chronic low back pain. Many treatments used by doctors of chiropractic, such as spinal manipulation, superficial heat, acupuncture, motor control exercise and low level laser are included as recommended first-line treatments.