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dc.contributor.authorMorsø, L.
dc.contributor.authorKent, Peter
dc.contributor.authorAlbert, H.
dc.contributor.authorHill, J.
dc.contributor.authorKongsted, A.
dc.contributor.authorManniche, C.
dc.identifier.citationMorsø, L. and Kent, P. and Albert, H. and Hill, J. and Kongsted, A. and Manniche, C. 2013. The predictive and external validity of the STarT Back Tool in Danish primary care. European Spine Journal. 22 (8): pp. 1859-1867.

Purpose: The STarT Back Tool (SBT) was recently translated into Danish and its concurrent validity described. This study tested the predictive validity of the Danish SBT. Methods: Danish primary care patients (n = 344) were compared to a UK cohort. SBT subgroup validity for predicting high activity limitation at 3 months' follow-up was assessed using descriptive proportions, relative risks, AUC and odds ratios. Results: The SBT had a statistically similar predictive ability in Danish primary care as in UK primary care. Unadjusted relative risks for poor clinical outcome on activity limitation in the Danish cohort were 2.4 (1.7-3.4) for the medium-risk subgroup and 2.8 (1.8-3.8) for the high-risk subgroup versus 3.1 (2.5-3.9) and 4.5 (3.6-5.6) for the UK cohort. Adjusting for confounders appeared to explain the lower predictive ability of the Danish high-risk group. Conclusions: The Danish SBT distinguished between low- and medium-risk subgroups with a similar predictive ability of the UK SBT. That distinction is useful information for informing patients about their expected prognosis and may help guiding clinicians' choice of treatment. However, cross-cultural differences in the SBT psychosocial subscale may reduce the predictive ability of the high-risk subgroup in Danish primary care.

dc.titleThe predictive and external validity of the STarT Back Tool in Danish primary care
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleEuropean Spine Journal
curtin.departmentSchool of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
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