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Prevalence and correlates of low back pain among occupational therapy students in Northern Queensland

Leggat, Peter, Smith, Derek, & Clark, Michele J. (2008) Prevalence and correlates of low back pain among occupational therapy students in Northern Queensland. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75(1), pp. 35-41.

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Abstract

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.

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ID Code: 27097
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Students, Occupational Therapy, Musculoskeletal, Lower Back Pain, Risk Factor
DOI: 10.2182/cjot.07.014
ISSN: 0008-4174
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OTHER MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (119900)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 12 Jul 2010 09:43
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:54

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