Low back pain: communication is key – Practice Review MBS data
Quality use of medical tests is a core skill for healthcare professionals as not all tests add value. Develop your skills with this growing range of short practical modules.
The Practice Review is a four-page report regularly mailed to GPs in Australia. Its purpose is to support you in your professional development and quality improvement. Each report focuses on a specific clinical area and includes:
- Background information about the clinical area of focus.
- Your individual utilisation of MBS tests or dispensing data for PBS medicines.
- Evidence-based points for reflection.
- Aggregate data of GPs working in similar practices across Australia for comparison.
- Additional data from the MedicineInsight general practice database (where available), to provide insights into the condition/s for which medicines or tests have been requested; this provides context to help you further interpret your data.
By the end of this activity, participants will be able to:
- Assess patients with low back pain to rule out serious underlying conditions.
- Provide advice on self-management as first-line care to patients with non-specific low back pain to reduce unnecessary imaging.
- Use communication tips to discuss risks and benefits of imaging with patients so they can make better informed choices.
Continuing Professional Development
This activity has been approved for 2 points (CPD Activity) under the RACGP CPD Program for the 2020-2022 triennium (activity number: 292159).
It is recommended that 1 CPD hour be recorded for the purposes of self-directed CPD.