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June/July 2016 (vol. 13/1)

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Clutching at straws

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Why NICE is no longer recommending acupuncture for the treatment of low back pain.

A DRAFT guideline1 from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) aims to improve the treatment and management of low back pain (LBP) – one of the biggest single causes of sickness absence and disability. But there is no place for acupuncture. LBP is responsible for 12.5% of all UK sickness absence2, costing employers some £3 billion a year. The total cost of LBP to the economy has been put… 

John Ballard is editor of Occupational Health [at Work]

Author: Ballard J

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Occupational Health at Work June/July 2016 (vol. 13/1) pp3

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