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  1. How common is low back pain in the Nordic population ? Data from a recent study on a middle-aged general Danish population and four surveys previously conducted in the Nordic countries. Point of view.

    Article - En anglais

    Study Design

    Data were obtained in a Danish cross-sectional postal survey and compared with information from four methodologically similar studies conducted in some of the Nordic countries between 1977-1985.


    The objectives were to estimate the life-time cumulative incidence and the 1-year period prevalence of low back pain in the general population, to study whether there are any differences in the occurence of low back pain according to age and sex, and to investigate whether low back pain is on the increase.

    Summary of Background Data

    The prevalence of low back pain commonly is thought to be high, but estimates differ considerably between studies.

    It is also not known whether low back pain is more common in men or women or in certain age groups, and it is unclear whether the prevalence of low back pain has increased in the past years.


    Prevalence estimates were established in a current study, and results then were adjusted to suit the age and sex criteria of four previous studies.


    Between 60-65% of 30-to 50-year-old men and women living in the Nordic countries reported at least one incident of low back pain during their lifetimes, based on the information from four studies with a total sample size of 3513.

    The most likely 1-year period prevalence estimate is between 44-54%, based on two studies and a total sample of 2035 individuals. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Lombalgie, Homme, Epidémiologie, Prévalence, Incidence, Pays Scandinaves, Europe, Etude comparative, Douleur, Rachis lombaire, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Rachis pathologie, Rachialgie

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Low back pain, Human, Epidemiology, Prevalence, Incidence, Scandinavia, Europe, Comparative study, 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 : 96-0351866

    Code Inist : 002B15F. Création : 10/04/1997.