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  1. Estimating the prevalence of low back pain in the general population : evidence from the South Manchester back pain survey.

    Article - En anglais

    Study Design

    This report gives the results of a population-based cross-sectional mailed questionnaire, with prospective follow-up of survey responders and nonresponders.


    To determine the 1-month period prevalence of low back pain in an adult population in the United Kingdom and to estimate the effect of nonresponse bias.

    Summary of Background Data

    Previous United Kingdom population studies have reported a 1-year period prevalence of low back pain of 37%. However, the definitions of low back pain have varied, and the influence of nonresponse rarely has been reported.


    The study population was made up of all 7669 adults (18 to 75 years old) registered with two family practices in a sociodemographically mixed suburban area.

    The questionnaire, including a pain drawing to identify the site of any pain, was mailed to the entire study population.

    Two repeat mailings were sent to nonresponders.

    Family practice consultations about low back pain by individuals from the study population were monitored over the following 12 months using computerized records of all surgery contacts.


    After considering potential differences in nonresponders, the estimated 1-month prevalence of low back pain was between 35% and 37%. Prevalence figures in survey responders may overestimate the true population prevalence by a modest amount.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Lombalgie, Prévalence, Questionnaire, Epidémiologie, Adulte, Homme, Royaume Uni, Europe, Douleur, Rachis lombaire, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Rachis pathologie, Rachialgie

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Low back pain, Prevalence, Questionnaire, Epidemiology, Adult, Human, United Kingdom, Europe, Pain, Lumbar spine, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Spine disease, Rachialgia

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 95-0517957

    Code Inist : 002B15F. Création : 01/03/1996.