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  1. The importance of radiating leg pain in assessing health outcomes among patients with low back pain : Results from the Veterans Health Study.

    Article - En anglais

    Study Design

    Cross-sectional data ewere analyzed from the Veterans Health Study, an observational study-of patients receiving ambulatory care.


    To develop a method of stratifying patients with low backpain by combining patient reports of radiating leg pain with the results of straight leg raising tests.

    Summary and Background Data

    Four hundred thirty-four participants with low back pain were identified through patient reports of ever having had low back pain, of low back pain that began more than 3 months ago, and of a health-care visit for low back pain in the past year.

    Four hundred twenty-eight patients with low back pain were included in the current analysis.


    Participants were mailed a health-related quality of life questionnaire and had an interview that included a low back pain questionnaire and a straight leg raising test.

    Patients'reports of radiating leg pain and results of the straight leg raising tests were combined into four hierarchical groups.

    This stratification was evaluated in relation to responses to the health related quality of life questionnaire, localized low back pain, disability, and use of medical services.


    The intensity of localized low back pain and disability increased from Group 1 (low back pain alone) to Group 4 (pain below knee with positive straight leg raising test result), whereas health-related quality of life decreased.

    Group 4 patients were 5


    Mots-clés Pascal : Lombalgie, Exploration clinique, Association morbide, Extension, Douleur, Membre inférieur, Indice gravité, Qualité vie, Evolution, Demande thérapeutique, Etude statistique, Homme, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Rachis pathologie, Rachialgie

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Low back pain, Clinical investigation, Concomitant disease, Extension, Pain, Lower limb, Severity score, Quality of life, Evolution, Therapeutical request, Statistical study, Human, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Spine disease, Rachialgia

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

    Cote : 98-0162997

    Code Inist : 002B15F. Création : 21/07/1998.