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Letter to the Editor concerning “Clinical practice guidelines for the management of non-specific low back pain in primary care: an updated overview” by Oliveira CB, Maher CG, Pinto RZ, Traeger AC, Lin CWC, Chenot JF, van Tulder M, Koes BW (2018) Eur Spine J. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00586-018-5673-2

  • Stephen Birch
  • Myeong Soo Lee
Letter to the Editor

We were pleased to see the excellent review of back pain guidelines recently in the journal [1]. We found some mistakes in the tables which affect some of the discussion and analysis in their paper.

With regards acupuncture, we find 10 of the 15 misclassified. In the right-hand column of Table  1 are statements from each of the 15 publications, the left-hand column shows the classifications by Oliveira and colleagues, and in the central column, we list actual recommendations, where they can be discerned.
Table 1

Statements and classifications regarding use of acupuncture for back pain (see [1] for references a–o)

Source (country) [classifieda] {A/C}

U/CR/DNU/UNC/NM

Guideline statements

a. (Africa) [U] {A}

DNU

“L’acupuncture est peu pratiquée en Afrique. Elle n’est pas indiquée dans le traitement du lumbago,même si elle pourrait avoir une certaine efficacité du fait d’un effet placebo.” (Acupuncture is not widely practiced in Africa. It is not indicated in the treatment of lumbago,...

Notes

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

References

  1. 1.
    Oliveira CB, Maher CG, Pinto RZ, Traeger AC, Lin CC, Chenot JF, van Tulder M, Koes BW (2018) Clinical practice guidelines for the management of non-specific low back pain in primary care: an updated overview. Eur Spine J.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s00586-018-5673-2 CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Traeger A, Buchbinder R, Harris I, Maher C (2017) Diagnosis and management of low-back pain in primary care. CMAJ 189(45):E1386–E1395.  https://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.170527 CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Health SciencesKristiania University CollegeOsloNorway
  2. 2.Clinical Medicine DivisionKorea Institute of Oriental MedicineDaejeonRepublic of Korea

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