To assess the natural history of low back pain. of Background Data.
Most episodes of low back pain resolve or improve within a few weeks, but chronic or recurrent symptoms are common.
Previous studies of natural history have usually relied on people's long-term recall of symptoms, or they have been limited to patients seeking clinical care Methods.
Nurses (1.165 women completed a baseline questionnaire and up to eight foilow-up questionnaires 3 months apart.
Each questionnaire asked whether they naa experienced low back pain in the past month.
One-month prevaiences of pain at specified follow-ups were calculated according to histories of pain reported on earlier questionnaires.
The 1-month prevalence of low back pain at individual follow-ups ranged from 16% to 19%. Of 906 women who completed the baseline questionnaire and at least three follow-up questionnaires, 38 (4.2%) reported pain every time they returned a questionnaire, and 190 (21.0%) reported pain on at least three occasions.
The presence or absence of low back pain at baseline was highly predictive of future pain throughout follow-up.
The longer that back pain was consistently reported, the more likely it was to be present at the next follow-up.
Later risk was lowest in women who reported no bacK pain at baseline or either of the first two follow-ups.
Back pain carried a worse prognosis if it was disabling or associated with sciatica.
Mots-clés Pascal : Lombalgie, Poste travail, Infirmier, Epidémiologie, Symptomatologie, Evolutivité, Etude longitudinale, Questionnaire, Pronostic, Incapacité, Homme, Douleur, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Rachis pathologie, Rachialgie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Low back pain, Workplace layout, Nurse, Epidemiology, Symptomatology, Evolutivity, Follow up study, Questionnaire, Prognosis, Disability, Human, Pain, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Spine disease, Rachialgia
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0033445
Code Inist : 002B15F. Création : 31/05/1999.