Clinical course, characteristics and prognostic indicators in patients presenting with back and leg pain in primary care. The ATLAS study protocol

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  • Kika Konstantinou
  • Ruth Beardmore
  • Kate M Dunn
  • Martyn Lewis
  • Samantha L Hider
  • Tom Sanders
  • Simon Somerville
  • Siobhan Stynes
  • Danielle A W M van der Windt
  • Steven Vogel
  • Elaine M Hay


Low-back related leg pain with or without nerve root involvement is associated with a poor prognosis compared to low back pain (LBP) alone. Compared to the literature investigating prognostic indicators of outcome for LBP, there is limited evidence on prognostic factors for low back-related leg pain including the group with nerve root pain. This 1 year prospective consultation-based observational cohort study will describe the clinical, imaging, demographic characteristics and health economic outcomes for the whole cohort, will investigate differences and identify prognostic indicators of outcome (i.e. change in disability at 12 months), for the whole cohort and, separately, for those classified with and without nerve root pain. In addition, nested qualitative studies will provide insights on the clinical consultation and the impact of diagnosis and treatment on patients' symptom management and illness trajectory.


Original languageEnglish
Article number4
Number of pages9
JournalBMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Publication statusPublished - 2012