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Table 1 Cut points for health change categories

From: Predicting adherence to acupuncture appointments for low back pain: a prospective observational study

Category Change scores in category
Disability (RMDQ)a Pain (NRS)b Wellbeing (AIOS)c
Small deterioration 1 to 4 1 −7 to 2
Moderate deterioration > = 4 > = 2 <= − 7
No change 0 0 2–11
Small improvement −1 to −4 −1 11 to 24
Moderate improvement <= − 4 <= − 2 > = 24
  1. Notes. a 4-point change on Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire is clinically/statistically meaningful [75]. b Patients view 2 point reduction on Numerical Rating Scale as moderately meaningful [76]. C No guidance available for Arizona Integrative Outcome Scale so quintile split used