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To describe and synthesise the content of public-facing websites regarding the use of diagnostic imaging for adults with lower back pain, knee, and shoulder pain.
Scoping review conducted in accordance with PRISMA guidance. A Google search was performed to identify public-facing websites that were either United Kingdom-based, or National Health Service affiliated. The DISCERN tool was used to appraise website quality before information regarding the use of imaging was synthesised using thematic analysis.
Eighty-six websites were included, with 48 making reference to the use of imaging. The information within the majority (n = 43) of public-facing websites aligns with best available evidence. Where there is inconsistency, this may be explained by lower website quality. Three themes were apparent regarding the use of imaging – imaging to inform diagnosis and management; imaging in context; patient experience and expectations.
The recommendations and rationale for use of imaging contained within public-facing websites does not appear to justify the increase in imaging rates for musculoskeletal pain in the UK.
Publicly available information following a novel search strategy, is largely aligned with best evidence, further understanding is required to determine reasons for requesting imaging from a patient and clinician perspective.
|Early online date||19 Apr 2022|
|Publication status||Published - 2022|
- Shoulder Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Knee Pain
- Diagnostic Imaging
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Understanding the use of diagnostic imaging in musculoskeletal pain conditions affecting the lower back, knee, and shoulder
Yeowell, G., Cuff, A., Mazuquin, B. & LITTLEWOOD, C.
1/01/19 → 31/12/23