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

Leggat, Peter A., Smith, Derek R., and 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.

Item ID: 6058
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0008-4174
Keywords: occupational therapy; occupational health; muscluloskeletal; low back pain; students; risk factor
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2010 04:35
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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