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Prevention of low back pain (PEDro synthesis)
  1. Bruno Tirotti Saragiotto,
  2. Jane Latimer
  1. The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Bruno Tirotti Saragiotto, The George Institute for Global Heath, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Level 3, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia; bsaragiotto{at}

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This section features a recent systematic review that is indexed on PEDro, the Physiotherapy Evidence Database ( PEDro is a free, web-based database of evidence relevant to physiotherapy.

  • Steffens D, Maher CG, Pereira LSM, et al. Prevention of low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Intern Med 2016;176:199–208.


Low back pain (LBP) is the leading cause of disability worldwide.1 With a point prevalence of ∼12%2 and half of those with back pain expected to seek care,3 the economic burden is substantial. Much of the cost burden comes from treating people who suffer a recurrence, this being estimated at approximately 50% over the following year.4 ,5 Identifying effective strategies for prevention of LBP would provide enormous benefits and enable the billions of dollars currently spent on treatment of back …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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