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Evidence and Practice in the Self-Management of Low Back Pain: Findings From an Australian Internet-based Survey
Low back pain (LBP) is common, but sufferers pursue a range of management options and only some seek professional advice. This study examines how Australian consumers report that they manage LBP, with emphasis on the extent to which their practices match clinical recommendations and guidelines. Methods: A self-reported cross-sectional online survey comprising 29 questions in English (see Supplemental Digital Content 1, ) was conducted in February 2009. The internet-based survey sample was matched with national population proportions; 1220 respondents were screened and...
Quality of life assessed with Short Form 36 – a comparison between two populations with long-term musculoskeletal pain disorders
To assess quality of life (QoL) in two groups of patients with long-term musculoskeletal pain with and without psychiatric co-morbidity and to compare them with a reference group of normative controls. The patients in both study groups were sick-listed full or part time for 3 months or more. Method .The patients were recruited from a company health service and consulting psychiatry. A generic QoL questionnaire, the SF-36, was used to assess QoL. Each group was compared with age- and gender-matched normative controls. Results .Both groups reported a pronounced impairment of QoL ( p <0.001) compared...

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