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The TARGET Trial is a national pragmatic trial that compares two approaches for treating patients with acute back pain in a primary care setting. The goal of TARGET to find out how to prevent acute back pain from becoming chronic. Pragmatic trials take place in real-world settings, such as healthcare clinics. The two approaches compared in this trial are (1) primary care guided by clinical guidelines and (2) primary care plus prompt referral to psychologically-informed physical therapy. Read More


TARGET is funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to continually seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work. Read More


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