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SOCRATES 7 (synopsis of Cochrane Reviews applicable to emergency services)
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  1. P Gilligan1,
  2. G Kitching1,
  3. A Taylor1,
  4. H Law1,
  5. J Brenchley1,
  6. J Jones1,
  7. D Hegarty2,
  8. A Khan1,
  9. M Shepherd1,
  10. G Lumsden1
  1. 1Specialist Registrars in Emergency Medicine, The Yorkshire Rotation, UK
  2. 2General Practitioner, Leeds, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Peadar Gilligan
 1 Far Moss, Alwoodley, Leeds, LS17 7NU, UK; hegartydeirdreireland.com

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In this the seventh article of the SOCRATES series we present our synopses of reviews from the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews relating to analgesia that the working party felt were of particular relevance to Emergency Medicine practitioners. The methods of our review and the rationale for the forming the SOCRATES working party are as have previously been published.

NON-STEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS FOR LOW BACK PAIN

Despite low back pain being a common problem and a major cause of employee sickness, the effectiveness of the many available treatment modalities is uncertain. There are a variety of national guidelines available on the management of low back pain that recommend the prescription of NSAIDs as a therapeutic option.

However, there is disagreement as to the exact role they play in relation to other therapies.

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Fifty one studies of 6057 patients. 16 studies were RCTs that were …

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