An algorithm comprising 7 baseline variables predicted the 2-year work disability status in nonspecific back pain

November 2005
ACP Journal Club;Nov/Dec2005, Vol. 143 Issue 3, p81
Academic Journal
This article presents information on a clinical study according to which an algorithm comprising 7 baseline variables predicted the 2-year work disability status in nonspecific back pain. The study explores that in patients with nonspecific back pain associated with ≥ 1 day's absence from work, what variable or set of variables best predicts the 2-year work disability status? At 12 weeks, about 50% of patients reached the RWGH success category, compared with 18% at 6 weeks. At 2 years, close to 20% of patients were still in the "failure after attempt(s)" and failure groups combined.


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