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  1. Low back pain in Hong Kong : prevalence and characteristics compared with Britain.

    Article - En anglais

    Study objective

    To compare the prevalence of low back pain and associated disability in Hong Kong with that in Britain, and to explore whether differences could be explained by certain known risk factors.


    A cross sectional survey with information collected at interview.

    Findings were compared with those from an earlier survey in Britain.


    Two housing blocks in Hong Kong.


    Altogether 288 men and 364 women aged 18 years or older, who were resident in the two housing blocks and agreed to interview (response rate=80%). Main results - Thirty nine per cent (95% confidence interval (CI) 34%, 44%) of interviewees reported having had low back pain at some time, and 21% (95% CI 18%, 25%) had had low back pain in the past 12 months.

    After standardisation for age and sex, all of the back symptoms examined were substantially less common in Hong Kong than in Britain.

    The one year period prevalence of low back pain was associated with occupational lifting (in both sexes) and with tall stature (in men only).

    Subjects tended to carry out less heavy lifting at work and to be shorter than participants in the earlier British study but these differences did not completely explain their lower prevalence of back pain.


    The findings indicate a lower prevalence of back symptoms in Hong Kong than Britain that is partly explained by differences in stature and occupational lifting.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Lombalgie, Epidémiologie, Prévalence, Homme, Hong Kong, Asie, Etude comparative, Royaume Uni, Europe, Facteur risque, Douleur, Rachis lombaire, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Rachis pathologie, Rachialgie

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Low back pain, Epidemiology, Prevalence, Human, Hong Kong, Asia, Comparative study, United Kingdom, Europe, Risk factor, 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 : 95-0555897

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