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NICE pushes through guidance limiting GP prescribing options for low back pain


This guidance is simplistic rubbish. Clinicians ommonly treat patients with LBP using these interventions, including opioids with some success. NICE is following its American masters with this ruling. In the USA it resulted in a massive increase in purchase of illegal painkillers by patients who had been deprived of effective prescription painkillers by their physicians. As to cognitdive behaviour therapy, this is being touted as the cure-all for everything. It's a bloody fad that has no place in evidence-based medicine. If a patient feels real pain and disability, it is insulting to suggest that they are in some way mentally defective or a dope addicted degenerate.

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03 Dec 2016

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