Cochrane diagnostic reviews of red flags to screen for fracture or cancer in patients presenting with back pain

We aimed to resolve the uncertainty around application of red flags in clinical practice. To do this, we conducted two Cochrane Diagnostic Test Accuracy Reviews assessing the accuracy of red flags to screen for the most common forms of serious pathology, spinal fracture and malignancy, in patients with LBP.

The next stage is to prepare a single manuscript that provides a distilled summary of both reviews to help guide clinical decision making.

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