Journal article

Exploring the contribution of patient-reported and clinician based variables for the prediction of low back work status

Martijn W Heymans, Jon J Ford, Joan M McMeeken, Alexander Chan, Henrica CW de Vet, Willem van Mechelen

JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL REHABILITATION | SPRINGER/PLENUM PUBLISHERS | Published : 2007

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Successful management of workers on sick leave due to low back pain by the general physician and physiotherapist depends on reliable prognostic information on the course of low back pain and work resumption. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study in 194 patients who were compensated because of chronic low back pain and who were treated by a physiotherapy functional restoration program. Patient-reported and clinician based prognostic indicators were assessed at baseline before patients entered the functional restoration program. We investigated the predictive value of these indicators on work status at 6 months. Relationships were studied using logistic regression analysis in a 2-ste..

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