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[Correspondence] Low back pain

The Lancet Low Back Pain Series Working Group (June 9, p 2384)1 is to be commended for its call for action on low back pain. Unmet needs in health care, public health, and clinical research must be highlighted. However, the implication that patients with a common symptom of low back pain can adequately be lumped together under a homogeneous biopsychosocial umbrella conflicts with the WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, which focuses on body function and structure, in addition to activity, participation, and personal and environmental factors.

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