Eva Neubauer

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Low back pain is one of the most common and expensive diseases of Western societies. Psychosocial factors such as low social status, depression, or work dissatisfaction are known to promote chronicity of low back pain. With a multidisciplinary approach, better outcomes can be achieved than with purely biomedical treatment. Optimal patient selection for(More)
BACKGROUND Studies concerning comorbidity in patients with chronic low back pain and its correlation to the stage of chronification are rare. METHODS This case-control study (matched-pair analysis) examines the number and specificity of comorbidity as well as the extent of disability due to comorbidity in 51 patients with chronic low back pain compared to(More)
BACKGROUND Musculoskeletal pain represents a continuous process ranging from single-site to multiple-site pain, with an increase in pain sites accompanied by an increasing risk of chronification and the development of further comorbidities. Within this context, the impact of pain spread on therapy outcome is still unknown. AIMS This prospective clinical(More)
BACKGROUND There is a growing number of patients worldwide being treated with long-term opioids for chronic non-cancer pain, although there is limited evidence for their effectiveness in improving pain and function. Opioid-use related adverse effects, especially in cognitive functioning in these patients, are rarely evaluated. OBJECTIVES The present study(More)
STUDY DESIGN Prospective cohort study. OBJECTIVES To develop a short instrument to reliably predict chronicity in low back pain (LBP). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Health care expenditures on the treatment of low back pain continue to increase. It is therefore important to prevent the development of chronicity. In Germany, there is at present no early(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to evaluate how much change in pain intensity is necessary to discriminate between good, bad or no treatment outcome from the patient's point of view after therapy for chronic back pain. METHODS A total of 153 patients with chronic back pain were admitted to a 3 week multimodal treatment program including functional(More)
OBJECTIVES This prospective longitudinal clinical study analyses the therapy outcome of 365 patients with either chronic neck (n = 134) or low back (n = 231) pain treated with a multidisciplinary biopsychosocial therapy approach. METHODS Patients with chronic neck pain (NP) or low back pain (LBP) for 3 months or longer, corresponding sick leave for longer(More)
OBJECTIVE In order to maintain treatment gains achieved during multidisciplinary treatments for chronic back pain, patients are challenged to implement the behavioral changes they learned during treatment into their daily life. Offering support during the critical time after treatment conclusion helps patients deal with relapses, provides them with(More)
BACKGROUND The effectiveness of multidisciplinary treatment programs varies throughout the literature, and it remains controversial how therapy outcome is affected by patients' individual parameters and which treatment settings work best. OBJECTIVES We set out to examine the impact of patient variables on the effectiveness of a 3-week multidisciplinary(More)
Chronic back pain leads to high societal costs and severely decreased quality of life for the sufferers. Pain treatment aims at sustainable behaviour changes in order to positively affect pain development in the medium term. A multicenter, randomised control trial was conducted. Participants (N=334) were recruited at 6 German hospitals and randomly assigned(More)