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Table 3 Patient agreement with core guideline recommendations for management of low back pain, weighted percentages (n = 977)

From: Concordance of patient beliefs and expectations regarding the management of low back pain with guideline recommendations – a cross-sectional study in Germany

Adaptation of statement based on core recommendations from the national guideline for patients Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Do not know
If I have low back pain that is judged to be of no serious concern after medical examination, I am willing to refrain from further examination (n, %) a 333 (36.3) 278 (30.7) 118 (12.5) 55 (4.9) 172 (13.9)
If I have acute low back pain, without weakness or loss of sensation (prickle, numbness) in one leg, I expect imaging (x-ray, CT, MRI) (n, %) b 181 (18.0) 220 (22.2) 231 (26.1) 171 (18.4) 159 (14.0)
If I have low back pain, I expect a prescription for massages (n, %) c 267 (25.6) 394 (44.2) 139 (14.2) 75 (7.6) 89 (7.5)
If I have low back pain, I expect injection therapy (n, %) d 146 (13.2) 300 (31.3) 265 (29.4) 130 (14.1) 121 (10.5)
If I have acute low back pain (less than 6 weeks in duration), I expect a referral for physiotherapy (n, %) e 255 (25.4) 345 (38.1) 146 (16.3) 103 (9.7) 113 (9.5)
If I have low back pain, I should continue my everyday activities as much as possible (n, %) f 227 (22.4) 409 (43.7) 147 (16.4) 72 (7.2) 108 (9.3)
There is no effective treatment for low back pain (n, %) g 39 (3.2) 87 (8.2) 231 (25.2) 273 (30.6) 325 (31.1)
  1. a missing = 21 (1.7%), b missing = 15 (1.4%), c missing = 13 (1.0%), d missing = 15 (1.6%), e missing = 15 (1.1), f missing = 14 (1.4%), g missing = 22 (1.7%)