Daily text messages used as a method for assessing low back pain among workers
2016 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, ISSN 0895-4356, E-ISSN 1878-5921, no 70, 45-51 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate a method for collecting data concerning low back pain (LBP) using daily text messages and to characterize the reported LBP in terms of intensity, variability, and episodes.
STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: We conducted a cohort study of LBP among workers used by a mining company. The participants were asked to answer the question "How much pain have you had in your lower back in the last 24 hours on a scale from 0 to 10, where 0 = no pain and 10 = the worst pain imaginable" once a day for 5 weeks, with this process being repeated 6 months later.
RESULTS: A total of 121 workers participated in the first period of data collection, and 108 participated in the second period. The daily response rate was 93% for both periods, and cluster analysis was shown to be a feasible statistical method for clustering LBP into subgroups of low, medium, and high pain. The daily text messages method also worked well for assessing the episodic nature of LBP.
CONCLUSION: We have demonstrated a method for repeatedly measuring of LBP using daily text messages. The data permitted clustering into subgroups and could be used to define episodes of LBP.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. no 70, 45-51 p.
Environmental Health and Occupational Health
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-111623DOI: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2015.08.011ISI: 000370676900006PubMedID: 26342444OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-111623DiVA: diva2:872191
FunderForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2011-0494