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BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders

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A prospective cohort study of surgical treatment for back pain with degenerated discs; study protocol

  • Richard A Deyo1, 2, 6Email author,
  • Sohail K Mirza3, 6,
  • Patrick J Heagerty4, 6,
  • Judith A Turner5, 6 and
  • Brook I Martin1, 6
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders20056:24

Received: 15 April 2005

Accepted: 24 May 2005

Published: 24 May 2005

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15 Apr 2005 Submitted Original manuscript
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17 May 2005 Submitted Manuscript version 2
24 May 2005 Editorially accepted
24 May 2005 Article published 10.1186/1471-2474-6-24

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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Medicine.
Department of Health Sciences
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Department of Biostatistics, University of Washington
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington
Center for Cost and Outcomes Research