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Continuing Education

Clinical decision-making for adults with low back pain: assessing risk for serious pathology

This 1-1.5 hour (1 CE credit) asynchronous online course is to provide clinicians with an evidence-based approach to identifying risk for serious pathology in patients presenting with low back pain. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand concepts related to clinical decision-making when assessing the risk for serious pathology

  • Recognize clinical features of serious spinal pathologies and describe their prevalence in primary healthcare 

  • Identify which red flags for spinal fracture, spinal malignancy, spinal infection, and cauda equina syndrome increase the chance of pathology being present 

  • Estimate a level of concern for serious pathology in patients presenting with low back pain and recommend an appropriate clinical course of action

Learners must complete the knowledge evaluation at the end of the course to receive a personalized certificate of completion (1 CE credit).


The Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative (CCGI) would like to acknowledge the significant contributions of the expert panel for dedicating their time and providing their expertise to the development of this course. Panel members include (alpha): Dr. Pierre Côté, Dr. Aron Downie, Dr. Laura Finucane, Dr. Varsha Kumar, Dr. Arianne Verhagen, Dr. Ben Darlow, Dr. Erik Werner, Dr. Paolo Pereira, Dr. Doug Wright, and Dr. Greg Kawchuk.

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