USPSTF Cites Insufficient Data on Adolescent Screening for Scoliosis

January 22, 2018 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care


​The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force found insufficient data to recommend for or against screening for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, according to a January 9, 2018, article in JAMA. Although the task force found adequate evidence to conclude that treatment with a back brace may slow spinal curvature progression, it found insufficient evidence indicating that it could improve long-term outcomes in adulthood, including a lack of evidence on psychological outcomes such as self-esteem and socializing. The update is a change from the group's 2004 recommendation, which advised against screening.

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