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Persistence of pain in patients with chronic low back pain reported via weekly automated text messages over one year

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, October 2015
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Title
Persistence of pain in patients with chronic low back pain reported via weekly automated text messages over one year
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BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, October 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12891-015-0754-4
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Charlotte Leboeuf-Yde, Rikke Krüger Jensen, Niels Wedderkopp

Abstract

A previous study has suggested that it is uncommon for patients with chronic bothersome low back pain (LBP), who consult the secondary health care sector, to report at least four consecutive weeks without such bothersome pain in 1 year. It is not yet known, however, how many days of the week they experience pain throughout the year. The current study analyzed data collected in two randomized clinical studies conducted in 2007-9 on patients with back pain (Study 1 and 2). Study participants were patients with LBP for more than 2 months, one group with MRI-defined Modic changes (Study 1) and the other without any pathological explanation for the pain (Study 2). In both studies, participants were followed over 1 year with weekly automated text messages (SMS-Track). Each week they reported the number of days they had experienced bothersome LBP (0-7 days). The number of weeks with 7 days of bothersome LBP was calculated for both study groups. As baseline and outcome characteristics were similar between the intervention and control groups in each study, the data from treatment and control groups in each study were analyzed together, regardless of treatment allocation and the results compared between the two study samples. The proportion of patients reporting bothersome LBP all days of the week ranged from 0 to 100 %, with the findings arranged in a U-shaped curve. The pain frequency patterns were remarkably similar for the two study samples. At one extreme, 31 % of participants reported 0-10 % of weeks with daily LBP. At the other extreme, 25 % of participants reported 91-100 % of weeks with daily LBP. The distribution between these values was also very similar for the two groups. This study revealed there to be considerable variation in weekly persistence of symptoms during 1 year in patients from the secondary care sector with chronic LBP. The results range from bothersome pain each day of the week, every week of the year, to no weeks at all with 7 days of pain. Interestingly, this pattern is near-identical in the two study samples; those with non-specific LBP and those with LBP and Modic changes. This heterogeneic pain profile in patients with chronic LBP deserves to be further investigated.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 2 6%
Australia 1 3%
Unknown 28 90%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Other 7 23%
Student > Bachelor 6 19%
Researcher 6 19%
Student > Master 3 10%
Unspecified 3 10%
Other 6 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 14 45%
Nursing and Health Professions 5 16%
Unspecified 4 13%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 2 6%
Social Sciences 2 6%
Other 4 13%

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