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The PFA states that applications will be considered nonresponsive if the proposed research evaluates new or existing decision-support tools. Is it permissible to include such tools as part of an intervention package?

For this PFA, multidisciplinary interventions must be well-defined and justified in terms of efficacy or common use. If a decision-support tool is incorporated into a sequence or combination of one or more multidisciplinary interventions, it must be of established effectiveness or in common use. If the research question’s proposed focus is on developing or evaluating a decision-support tool in the treatment of chronic LBP, the Letter of Intent or application would be determined nonresponsive to this PFA, and it would not be considered.

[1] Deyo, R. A., Dworkin, S. F., Amtmann, D., Andersson, G., Borenstein, D., Carragee, E., Weiner, D. K. (2014). REPORT OF THE NIH TASK FORCE ON RESEARCH STANDARDS FOR CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN. The Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society, 15(6), 569–585. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpain.2014.03.005.

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