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Naturopathic Doctor

Physical Diagnosis 180
Patient Expectations, Communication & Context


  • Investigate the effect of patient expectations on short-term, subjective improvement in recurrent or persistent low back pain patients.
  • Determine whether the ritual of the history and physical examination results in meaningful change in pain and function for low back pain patients before any treatment is provided.
  • Assess the potential negative effect of routine MRI reports on the perception of the patient and treatment outcomes and explore a method for improvement.
  • Explore the level of association between kinesiophobia and pain, disability, and quality of life as well as its role as a prognostic factor in people with chronic musculoskeletal pain.
  • Quantify the role of contextual effects in the nonpharmacologic treatment of knee osteoarthritis.

Shawn Thistle, DC

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