Interventions for improving the appropriate use of imaging in people with musculoskeletal conditions.

Simon David French, Sally Elizabeth Green, Rachelle Buchbinder, Hayley Barnes

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Imaging is commonly performed for musculoskeletal conditions. Identifying interventions to improve the appropriate use of imaging for musculoskeletal conditions could potentially result in improved health outcomes for patients and reduced health care costs. Objectives To determine the effects of interventions that aim to improve the appropriate use of imaging for people with musculoskeletal conditions. Search strategy We searched the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care Group Specialised Register (June 2007), The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (The Cochrane Library 2007, Issue 2), MEDLINE (January 1966 to June 2007), EMBASE (January 1980 to June 2007) and CINAHL (January 1982 to June 2007). We also searched reference lists of included studies and relevant reviews. We undertook citation searches of all included studies, contacted authors of included studies, and contacted other experts in the field of effective professional practice. Selection criteria Randomised controlled trials, non-randomised controlled clinical trials and interrupted time-series analyses that evaluated interventions designed to improve the use of imaging for musculoskeletal symptoms. Data collection and analysis Two review authors independently assessed risk of bias and extracted data. We contacted study authors for additional information.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 72
Number of pages72
JournalCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Issue number1 (Art.No.: CD006094)
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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