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Red Flags

A Guide to Identifying Serious Pathology of the Spine


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This valuable clinical reference alerts practitioners to potentially serious indicators of pathology in their patients, such as cancer, tuberculosis (TB), or other conditions. With a fresh approach to the subject, it presents an hierarchy of red flags, an index of suspicion, discussion of red herrings, "3D thinking," and conditional probabilities intended to assist with clinical reasoning. It's an ideal, on-the-spot resource for anyone involved in the care of patients with musculoskeletal conditions.

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Key Features

    • The book's small, portable size makes it ideal for reference in any practice setting.
    • Presents information in an accessible, at-a-glance format.
    • The unique red flag hierarchy assists with clinical reasoning.
    • Index of Suspicion highlights the most likely conditions indicated by specific red flags.
    • Discussion of 3D thinking encourages clinicians to look beyond immediate symptoms to find the underlying cause of a problem.
    • Discussion of red herrings describes how to approach indicators that may mislead a diagnosis.
    • Information on the concept of conditional probabilities helps practitioners make informed clinical decisions.

Published Reviews

    Manual Therapy Journal; Raymond Swinkels

    This little and handy book is very innovative, because it summarizes material in a way that it is not published before. This is a key book within the physiotherapy, in particular for physiotherapists working in countries where there is direct access for patients.

Author Information

    By Sue Greenhalgh, MA, GD Phys, FCSP, Consultant Physiotherapist and James Selfe, PhD, MA, GD Phys, FCSP, Professor of Physiotherapy, Allied Health Professions Unit, University of Central Lancashire

Customer Reviews

Red Flags
  • Paperback
  • Reference
  • 228 Pages
  • Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-10140-3
  • Copyright: 2006