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  1. The association between clinical findings on physical examination and self-reported severity in back pain : Results of a population-based study. Point of View.

    Article - En anglais

    Study design

    A cross-sectional population-based study of back pain.


    To evaluate the association between clinical findings on physical examination and subjective severity in nonspecific back pain. of background data.

    Assessment of severity of back pain always has been controversial.

    Most studies evaluating the role of clinical findings in back pain have been hospital-or clinic-based, often representing a highly select population.

    This selection is avoided in the population-based approach of the present study.


    Approximately 4,000 German inhabitants of Lübeck, aged 25-74, were selected randomly from the local population registry and received a postal questionnaire.

    Those who reported « back pain today » (n 1200) or « back pain within the past 12 months but no back pain before » (n=75) were invited to come in for a clinical examination.

    Thirty-four physical measurements were taken

    They were divided into four groups : static measurements, dynamic measurements, neurologic findings, and non-organic physical signs.

    Self-reported severity of back pain was measured by a pain questionnaire and a 12-item activities of daily living list to assess functional disability.


    Within each of the four groups of physical measurements, those that corresponded best with the subjective severity of back pain could be identified (e.g. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Lombalgie, Handicap, Vie quotidienne, Analyse qualitative, Questionnaire, Analyse quantitative, Exploration clinique, Analyse corrélation, Homme, Epidémiologie, Douleur, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Rachis pathologie, Rachialgie

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Low back pain, Handicap, Daily living, Qualitative analysis, Questionnaire, Quantitative analysis, Clinical investigation, Correlation analysis, Human, Epidemiology, Pain, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Spine disease, Rachialgia

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

    Cote : 97-0187878

    Code Inist : 002B15F. Création : 21/05/1997.