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The Core Outcome Measures Index (COMI) is a short multidimensional scale covering all domains recommended to be included as outcome measures for patients with low back pain (LBP). The purpose of the present study was to translate and cross-culturally adapt the COMI into Norwegian and to test clinimetric properties of the Norwegian COMI version in patients(More)
STUDY DESIGN Workshop at the Low Back Pain Forum VIII: Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain held in Amsterdam in June 2006. OBJECTIVES The aim of the workshop was to 1) describe and compare characteristics and outcomes of back pain media campaigns that have taken place internationally; 2) examine general theories of health behavior change from the mass(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effect of a media campaign on popular beliefs about LBP, and eventual changes in sick leave, imaging examinations, and surgery. METHODS Quasi-experimental telephone survey of 1500 randomly chosen people before, during, and after a media campaign in two Norwegian counties, with residents of an adjacent county as the control group.(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the reliability and validity of the improved version of the Patient Generated Index (PGI) in patients with low back pain. METHODS The PGI was administered to 90 patients attending care in 1 of 6 institutions in Norway and evaluated for reliability and validity. The questionnaire was given out to 61 patients for re-test purposes. (More)
BACKGROUND Further research on effective interventions for patients with peristent Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms (MUPS) in general practice is needed. Prevalence estimates of such patients are conflicting, and other descriptive knowledge is needed for development and evaluation of effective future interventions. In this study, we aimed to estimate(More)
BACKGROUND Low back pain (LBP) is among the most frequent causes of sickness absence in Norway, and it is thought that it could be reduced by 30-50% if present day knowledge was implemented in the workplace. Evidence-based interventions in occupational settings to prevent sickness absence are still lacking. AIM To evaluate whether peer support would be(More)
BACKGROUND Low back pain (LBP) is a frequent diagnosis for sickness absence. The process of sick-listing is complex, and the doctor must integrate information from several levels in the decision. OBJECTIVE The aim of this paper is to describe the main determinants of sickness absence for LBP. METHODS We conducted a non-systematic search in Medline and(More)
STUDY DESIGN A baseline study of the general population and the health care providers in 3 Norwegian counties. OBJECTIVE To investigate if beliefs about low back pain (LBP) are related to personal experiences and profession sought for care. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Myths about LBP that are abandoned by health professionals are still alive in the(More)
OBJECTIVE Healthcare providers play a key role in transmitting knowledge and beliefs about LBP to their patients. There are differences in back pain beliefs between the various professionals groups treating LBP patients. This study examined whether LBP beliefs changed among the healthcare providers exposed to a media campaign. DESIGN A quasi-experimental(More)
OBJECTIVES To explore GPs' considerations in decision-making regarding sick-listing of patients suffering from SHC. DESIGN Qualitative analysis of data from nine focus-group interviews. SETTING Three cities in different regions of Norway. Participants. A total of 48 GPs (31 men, 17 women; aged 32-65) participated. The GPs were recruited when invited to(More)