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The Epidemiology of Low Back Pain in Primary Care

Creator:

Kent, P. M. and Keating, J. L.

Subject Keywords: Current knowledge on prevalence, activity limitation (disability), care-seeking, natural history and clinical course, treatment outcome, and costs of low back pain (LBP)
Set: Burden
Chronic Conditions
Conditions
Musculoskeletal condition
Type: Article
Region: International (other)
Description:

This descriptive review provides a summary of the prevalence, activity limitation (disability), careseeking, natural history and clinical course, treatment outcome, and costs of low back pain (LBP) in primary care.

LBP is a common problem affecting both genders and most ages, for which about one in four adults seeks care in a six-month period. It results in considerable direct and indirect costs, and these costs are financial, workforce and social. Care-seeking behaviour varies depending on cultural factors, the intensity of the pain, the extent of activity limitation and the presence of co-morbidity. Careseeking for LBP is a significant proportion of caseload for some primary-contact disciplines. Most recent-onset LBP episodes settle but only about one in three resolves completely over a 12-month period. About three in five will recur in an on-going relapsing pattern and about one in 10 do not resolve at all. The cases that do not resolve at all form a persistent LBP group that consume the bulk of LBP compensable care resources and for whom positive outcomes are possible but not frequent or substantial.

Date:

26/07/2005

Rights: © The Authors
Suggested citation:

Kent, P. M. and Keating, J. L.. (2005) The Epidemiology of Low Back Pain in Primary Care [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/262308 [Accessed: 27th May 2017].

  

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