Back pain amongst mid-age Australian women: a longitudinal analysis of provider use and self-prescribed treatments

Broom, Alex F., Kirby, Emma R., Sibbritt, David W., Adams, Jon and Refshauge, Kathryn M. (2012) Back pain amongst mid-age Australian women: a longitudinal analysis of provider use and self-prescribed treatments. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 20 5: 275-282. doi:10.1016/j.ctim.2012.05.003

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Author Broom, Alex F.
Kirby, Emma R.
Sibbritt, David W.
Adams, Jon
Refshauge, Kathryn M.
Title Back pain amongst mid-age Australian women: a longitudinal analysis of provider use and self-prescribed treatments
Journal name Complementary Therapies in Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0965-2299
Publication date 2012-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ctim.2012.05.003
Volume 20
Issue 5
Start page 275
End page 282
Total pages 8
Place of publication Kidlington, United Kingdom
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: To analyse use of conventional and complementary and alternative (CAM) practitioners and self-prescribed CAM amongst mid-age Australian women with back pain.
Design: Self-completion postal surveys completed in 2004 and 2007, of the mid-age cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's health. Questions asked for written responses about the use of conventional, CAM practitioners and self-prescribed CAM for treatment of back pain.
Setting: Analysis of cross-sectional and longitudinal survey data (n = 9820), conducted as part of the Australian Longitudinal Survey of Women's Health (ALSWH), which was designed to investigate multiple factors affecting the health and well being of women over a 20-year period.
Main outcome measure: Women were asked if they had sought help for back pain in the previous twelve months.
Results: The prevalence of back pain was 54.8% (n = 5383). The percentage of women who sought help for their back pain was 17.3% (n = 1700). Of the women who sought help for back pain, 2% consulted with a CAM practitioner only, 35% consulted a conventional practitioner only and 63% with both a conventional and CAM practitioner.
Conclusions: Back pain is prevalent amongst mid-age Australian women, although only one third sought help. Women who sought help for their back pack were high users of CAM (practitioners and self-prescribed) and conventional care providers, consulting a CAM practitioner in complement with conventional biomedical consultations rather than as an alternative. Further research is needed to explore the complex contemporary landscapes of back pain negotiation and management.
Keyword Back pain
Comeplementary medicine
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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