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- Prevalence and correlates of low back pain among occupational therapy students in Northern Queensland
Leggat, Peter A.;
Smith, Derek R.;
Clark, Michele J.
- The University of Newcastle. Faculty of Health, School of Health Sciences
- Background: Although low back pain (LBP) is an important issue for the health profession, few studies have examined LBP among occupational therapy students. Purpose: To investigate the prevalence and distribution of LBP, its adverse sequelae; and to identify potential risk factors. Methods: In 2005, a self-reported questionnaire was administered to occupational therapy students in Northern Queensland. Findings: The 12-month period-prevalence of LBP was 64.6%. Nearly half (46.9%) had experienced pain for over 2 days, 38.8% suffered LBP that affected their daily lives, and 24.5% had sought medical treatment. The prevalence of LBP ranged from 45.5 to 77.1% (p=0.004), while the prevalence of LBP symptoms persisting longer than two days was 34.1 to 62.5% (p=0.020). Logistic regression analysis indicated that year of study and weekly computer usage were statistically-significant LBP risk factors. Implications: The occupational therapy profession will need to further investigate the high prevalence of student LBP identified in this study.
- The Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy Vol. 75, Issue 1, p. 35-41
- Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
lower back pain;
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