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  1. Estimating the burden of musculoskeletal disorders in the community : the comparative prevalence of symptoms at different anatomical sites, and the relation to social deprivation.

    Article - En anglais

    Background-Epidemiologically-based rheumatology healthcare needs assessment requires an understanding of the incidence and prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in the community, of the reasons why people consult in primary care, and of the proportion of people who would benefit from referral to secondary care and paramedical services.

    This paper reports the first phase of such a needs assessment exercise.

    Specific objective-To estimate the relative frequency of musculoskeletal pain in different, and multiple, anatomical sites in the adult population.

    Setting-Three general practices in the former Tameside and Glossop Health Authority, Greater Manchester, UK, a predominantly urban area.

    Design-Population survey

    Methods-An age and sex stratified sample of 6000 adults from the three practices was mailed a questionnaire that sought data on demographic factors, musculoskeletal symptoms (pain in the past month lasting for more than a week), and physical disability (using the modified Health Assessment Questionnaire-mHAQ).

    The areas of pain covered were neck, back, shoulder, elbow, hand, hip, knee, and multiple joints.

    The Carstairs index was used as a measure of social deprivation of the postcode sector in which the person lived.


    The response rate after two reminders was 78.5%. Non-responders were more likely to live in areas of high social deprivation. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Douleur, Rhumatologie, Epidémiologie, Incidence, Fréquence, Symptomatologie, Evaluation, Questionnaire, Adulte, Homme, Incapacité, Facteur sociodémographique, Milieu urbain, Facteur psychosocial

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Pain, Rheumatology, Epidemiology, Incidence, Frequency, Symptomatology, Evaluation, Questionnaire, Adult, Human, Disability, Sociodemographic factor, Urban environment

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

    Cote : 99-0056720

    Code Inist : 002B15I. Création : 31/05/1999.