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  1. Chronicity of back problems during working life. Point of view.

    Article, Communication - En anglais

    International Forum For Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain. The Hague, NLD, 1997.

    Study Design

    A follow-up study of a cohort of 444 patients aged 16 to 59 years who consulted with their general practitioners (GPs) in 1987-1988 for an incident episode of back pain.


    To determine the proportion of patients with back pain in whom chronic back problems develop after a follow-up of 7 years, to compare health outcomes and labor force participation of patients with and without chronic back problems and to identify determinants of chronicity.

    Summary of Background Data

    The incidence and prevalence of back pain are very high.

    A large proportion of the costs related to medical consumption, absence from work, and disability are probably caused by chronic back problems.

    It is unknown what proportion of back problems become chronic, especially after a long follow-up period, and which factors can predict chronicity.


    Data on the course of the symptoms and medical consumption from the period between 1987-1988 and 1991 were gathered retrospectively.

    Data on several health outcomes, including LFP, and data on some work characteristics were collected prospectively in 1991.

    A more extensive data set on health outcomes including psychologic status and working situation was collected in 1994.


    Chronic back problems developed in 28% of the patients.

    These patients reported more pain, higher levels of medical resource consumption, worse health outcomes, and lower labor force participation. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Lombalgie, Chronique, Association, Poste travail, Long terme, Qualité vie, Epidémiologie, Pronostic, Etude longitudinale, Homme, Douleur, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Rachis pathologie, Rachialgie

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Low back pain, Chronic, Association, Workplace layout, Long term, Quality of life, Epidemiology, Prognosis, Follow up study, Human, Pain, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Spine disease, Rachialgia

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

    Cote : 98-0471174

    Code Inist : 002B15F. Création : 19/02/1999.