Low back pain and disability in community-based women : prevalence and association factors

Urquhart, Donna M., Bell, Robin, Cicuttini, Flavia M., Cui, James, Forbes, Andrew and Davis, Susan R. 2009, Low back pain and disability in community-based women : prevalence and association factors, Menopause, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 24-29.


Title Low back pain and disability in community-based women : prevalence and association factors
Author(s) Urquhart, Donna M.
Bell, Robin
Cicuttini, Flavia M.
Cui, James
Forbes, Andrew
Davis, Susan R.
Journal name Menopause
Volume number 16
Issue number 1
Start page 24
End page 29
Publisher Raven Press (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins)
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1072-3714
1530-0374
Summary Objective: Although low back pain is characterized by both pain and disability, there is a paucity of studies that have concurrently examined risk factors for these features in community-dwelling women. We aimed to investigate the prevalence and identify factors associated with both back pain and disability.

Design: A questionnaire was mailed to 542 women from a community-based research database. Detailed demographic data were collected, including participants' menopause, relationship, and employment status. Point and period prevalence estimates for back pain were derived. Participants were classified based on pain intensity and disability scores calculated from the Chronic Pain Grade Questionnaire, and factors associated with high levels of pain and disability were examined.

Results: A total of 506 (93.4%) women completed the questionnaire. More than 90% of participants had experienced low back pain, with 75.1% and 22.5% reporting pain in the past 12 months and currently, respectively. Seven percent of women reported a high level of disability and 16% reported high-intensity pain. Women with higher levels of disability were more likely to have a higher body mass index and to have pain currently, whereas those with greater pain intensity were more likely to be younger, have a higher body mass index, not be employed outside the home, drink alcohol, and have current pain.

Conclusions: Low back pain is a common problem for community-based women. A high body mass index and current pain were factors independently associated with both high pain intensity and disability. Longitudinal investigation is required to determine the predictive nature of these factors and their potential role in preventing pain and disability.
Language eng
Field of Research 111702 Aged Health Care
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019651

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Public Health Research, Evaluation, and Policy Cluster
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