DESIGN: A quasi-experimental method was used comparing outcomes before and after the intervention with those of a control community.
SETTING: Two communities in southern Ontario. DATA SOURCE: Mailed survey data on the management of acute LBP.Outcome Measures Plain radiography use rates for acute LBP based on responses to mailed surveys. RESULTS: Following the intervention, there was a 42% reduction in the self-report need for plain radiography for uncomplicated acute LBP (P <.025) and a 50% reduction for patients with acute LBP < 1 month (P <.025) in the intervention community. There was no significant change in the self-report need for plain radiography in the control community (P >.05).
CONCLUSIONS: The educational intervention strategy used in this study appeared to have an effect in reducing the perceived need for plain radiography in acute LBP.
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