The association between beliefs about low back pain and work presenteeism

Mannion, Anne F; Horisberger, Bruno; Eisenring, Claudia; Tamcan, Oezguer; Elfering, Achim; Müller, Urs (2009). The association between beliefs about low back pain and work presenteeism. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine, 51(11), pp. 1256-66. Hagerstown, Md.: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181beac69

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OBJECTIVE: To examine the influence of beliefs about low back pain (LBP) on reduced productivity at work ("presenteeism") caused by LBP. METHODS: Two thousand five hundred seven individuals completed the Back Beliefs Questionnaire, the Fear Avoidance Beliefs questionnaire (FABQ), and questions about LBP-related work-absence, reduced work-productivity, pain, comorbidity, and demographics. RESULTS: Six hundred seventy (25%) individuals were of working age, employed and reported current LBP. Univariate models showed beliefs were more "negative" in individuals with work-absence and reduced productivity (P = 0.0001). In multivariable analysis, controlling for confounders, "FABQwork" was a unique predictor of both absenteeism and presenteeism (each, P = 0.0001), though with small effect sizes. CONCLUSIONS: Negative beliefs about LBP are associated with both work absence and reduced work-productivity. Further investigations should examine their potential as a target for educational interventions when considering initiatives to reduce the socioeconomic costs of LBP.

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07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Work and Organisational Psychology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute for Evaluative Research into Orthopaedic Surgery

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Elfering, Achim, Müller, Urs (A)




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04 Oct 2013 15:10

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