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Table 4 The use of maintenance care in patients with different past histories but identical outcomes.

From: The Nordic maintenance care program: what are the indications for maintenance care in patients with low back pain? A survey of the members of the Danish Chiropractors' Association

  "Would you consider recommending MC to this patient?"
  No Perhaps Yes Missing
Past history Frequency (%) Frequency (%) Frequency (%) Frequency (%)
He has never previously had any back pain at all. 257 (87%) 19 (6%) 12 (4%) 8 (3%)
Over the past 5 years he has had 1-2 episodes of LBP a year, each event lasting 5-6 days and resolving spontaneously. 67 (23%) 135 (46%) 86 (29%) 8 (3%)
Over the past 5 years he has had 1 episode of LBP per month, each event lasting 5-6 days and resolving spontaneously. 20 (7%) 61 (21%) 207 (70%) 8 (3%)
Over the past 5 years he had about 1 episode per week, each event lasting 2-3 days and resolving spontaneously. 29 (10%) 54 (18%) 205 (69%) 8 (3%)
  1. The following course of treatment was given: You treat him once and the symptoms disappear directly after a manipulation to the painful area. You follow him for two months and the pain does not reappear, the movement pattern is normal and you cannot provoke any symptoms by palpation or other tests. The expected answers are written in bold, and where the majority of the practitioners agree with the research team, the answer is also in italics.