Measuring the global burden of low back pain

Hoy, D, March, L, Brooks, P, Woolf, A, Blyth, F, Vos, T and Buchbinder, R (2010) Measuring the global burden of low back pain. Best Practice & Research: Clinical Rheumatology, 24 2: 155-165. doi:10.1016/j.berh.2009.11.002

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Author Hoy, D
March, L
Brooks, P
Woolf, A
Blyth, F
Vos, T
Buchbinder, R
Title Measuring the global burden of low back pain
Journal name Best Practice & Research: Clinical Rheumatology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1521-6942
Publication date 2010-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.berh.2009.11.002
Volume 24
Issue 2
Start page 155
End page 165
Total pages 11
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Balliere Tindall
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Low back pain is a major cause of morbidity in high-, middle- and low-income countries, yet to date it has been relatively under-prioritised and under-funded. One important reason may be the low ranking it has received relative to many other conditions included in the previous Global Burden of Disease studies, due in part to a lack of uniformity in how low back pain is defined and a paucity of suitable data. We present an overview of methods we have undertaken to ensure a more accurate estimate for low back pain in the Global Burden of Disease 2005 study. This will help clinicians to contextualise the new estimates and rankings when they become available at the end of 2010. It will also be helpful in planning further population-based epidemiological studies of low back pain to ensure their estimates can be included in the future Global Burden of Disease studies.
© 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Low back pain
Burden of disease
Musculoskeletal pain
Neck pain
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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