Technical Report: Measuring the impact of low back pain in two population-based cohort studies of young and middle-aged adults
MetadataShow full item record
Objective: Low back pain (LBP) places a large burden on society through health professional services and medication use, and interferences with work, normal and physical activities. Widely used and accepted questionnaires for measuring the impact of musculoskeletal pain (including LBP) exist, but do not cover all these aspects and may be too lengthy for some epidemiologic research and clinical practice settings. We evaluated the use of five single items of LBP impact on professional service, medication, and interferences with work, normal and physical activities; and compared these five items against established validated questionnaires of LBP disability and multi-dimensional screening of pain disability. Methods: We performed cross-sectional analyses of two population-based cohorts (with young adults and middle-aged adults). In both cohorts, LBP (Nordic questionnaire) and LBP impact (using the proposed five single items) were assessed. Validated questionnaires for multi-dimensional screening of long-term musculoskeletal pain disability (Orebro Musculoskeletal Pain Questionnaire) for young adults and LBP disability (Oswestry Disability Index) for middle-aged adults were used. Results: In both cohorts, participants who reported LBP with impact on the proposed items displayed higher scores on validated questionnaires compared to those reporting LBP without impact. Number of LBP impacts increased with increasing scores on validated questionnaires and showed high predictive value. The five proposed items of LBP impact are able to distinguish people with different clinically important scores (from established questionnaires), showing their construct validity. Conclusion: The described items provide a relevant and feasible tool to establish LBP impact in epidemiological research and clinical practice.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Turner, Sian Elizabeth (2009)Background and research questions. The characterization of chronic persistent asthma in an older adult population is not well defined. This is due to the difficulties in separating the diagnosis of asthma from that of ...
Chronic low back pain is associated with reduced vertebral bone mineral measures in community-dwelling adultsBriggs, Andrew; Straker, Leon; Burnett, A.; Wark, J. (2012)Background: Chronic low back pain (CLBP) experienced in middle-age may have important implications for vertebral bone health, although this issue has not been investigated as a primary aim previously. This study investigated ...
Berkovic, D.; Briggs, Andrew ; Ayton, D.; Parker, C.; Ackerman, I. (2021)Objective The aim of this review was to systematically identify, appraise and synthesise evidence on work-related outcomes experienced by younger to middle-Aged adults (aged 16-50 years) with arthritis. Methods Eligible ...