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Table 5 General response to Vignette B

From: Do community pharmacists have the attitudes and knowledge to support evidence based self-management of low back pain?

  Number (%)
Suggestions (n = 315) Yes No
1. Suggest adequate analgesia? 255 (81.0) 60 (19.0)
2. Advise him that he should be careful and avoid doing anything that is painful? 97 (30.8) 218 (69.2)
3. Ask him if he has tried either a cold pack or applying local heat for short term pain relief? 198 (62.9) 117 (37.1)
4. Suggest that movement is good for back pain and regular walks might help? 215 (68.7) 100 (31.7)
5. Warn him that going back to work would be likely to make his back worse? 13 (4.1) 301 (95.9)
6. Suggest that he should try to keep doing his leisure activities? 192 (61.0) 123 (39.0)
7. Suggest that since he still has quite a lot of pain and is finding it difficult to get back to
normal activities he might want to consult his GP or a therapist.
280 (88.9) 35 (11.1)