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  1. The prognosis of low back pain in general practice.

    Article - En anglais

    Study Design

    A prospective cohort study on low back pain in consecutive patients in general practice, in which potential prognostic indicators at baseline and at the 1-year follow-up examination were assessed by means of four weekly questionnaires.

    Objectives

    To identify prognostic indicators of the duration of low back pain in general practice and the occurrence of a relapse.

    Background

    Little is known about the prognosis of low back pain in general practice.

    Different designs and different results of preceding studies make drawing conclusions about the prognostic indicators, if any, of the course of low back pain in general practice difficult.

    Methods

    For a period of 2 years, 15 general practitioners from Amsterdam and surrounding areas studied consecutive patients with chronic low back pain-and those with a recent onset of low back pain.

    A large number of potential prognostic indicators were assessed at the initial visit.

    After the initial visit, each patient was monitored for a period of 12 months.

    The follow-up assessment was conducted with four weekly postal questionnaires.

    The associations among the potential prognostic indicators, the duration of the index episode, and the occurrence of a relapse were analyzed using multivariate Cox regression and logistic regression analysis, respectively.

    Results

    Of the 605 patients identified, 443 were included in the follow-up period of assessment ; the questionnaires were completed by 269 patients. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Lombalgie, Chronique, Médecine générale, Epidémiologie, Indicateur, Evolutivité, Pronostic, Questionnaire, Homme, Douleur, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Rachis pathologie, Rachialgie

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Low back pain, Chronic, Internal medicine, Epidemiology, Indicator, Evolutivity, Prognosis, Questionnaire, Human, Pain, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Spine disease, Rachialgia

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

    Cote : 97-0396715

    Code Inist : 002B15F. Création : 12/09/1997.