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Darlow B, Dowell A, Baxter GD et al.

University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand.

 Ann Fam Med 2013;11:527–34.

Lucía Silva’s review: As in many other musculoskeletal conditions, the outcome of low back pain is strongly influenced by psychosocial factors. A number of psychological states have been found to be independently associated with poor outcome (Fam Pract 2011;28:12–21, J Occup Rehabil 2009;19:25–40). Patients with either acute or chronic low back pain often seek information from a wide range of sources, mostly healthcare professionals. The influence that physicians’ advice may have on these patients’ beliefs is unknown. Therefore, the purpose of this qualitative study was to explain why people have particular beliefs about low back pain and the impact that these beliefs have on their behavior and prognosis.

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