Self-reported low-back complaints in a random population sample: specific versus non-specific complaints
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the distribution of selfreported low-back (LB) complaints in the social structure, and to investigate how the variables - physical work load, physical ability, Activities of Daily Living (ADL), mental job strain, social support, health and smoking - were associated with the different LB complaints. The Survey of Living Conditions carried out by Statistics Sweden 1980-81 has been used as the basis of the investigation. The LB complaints were dichotomised into specific and non-specific LB complaints according to an assumed grade of measurability. The non-specific LB complaints showed a social gradient which specific complaints did not despite the association with some of the variables. People, with a non-specific LB complaint, were besides that associated with a higher risk to become a sickness and disability pensioner than people with a specific LB complaint. This may indicate that either strategies used within the health care system in general are more suitable for specific complaints perhaps due to their higher grade of measurability or that people with a non-specific complaint suffers from an incapacitating illness that cannot be cured.
Low-back complaint, self-report, social class, physical capacity, work capacity, work environment, social support, ADL, health and smoking
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-37110OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-37110DiVA: diva2:357920