Clinical instinct insufficient to assess psychological distress

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    Spine specialists as a group are poor at clinically assessing psychological distress, a predictor for poor treatment outcomes, and should adopt a patient reported validated questionnaire as routine. These are the conclusions of the study Clinical Instinct vs. Standardised Questionnaire: The Spine Specialists Ability to Detect Psychological Distress, a top-ranked paper at the North American Spine Society’s 23rd Annual Meeting.