Identification of Patients at Risk of Chronic Back Pain Using Questionnaires


Patients with acute back pain (<6 weeks) presenting at their general practitioner will be enrolled. Patients fulfilling all inclusion criteria and showing no exclusion criteria will fill out the Heidelberg short questionnaire (HKF-R10) and the Keele STarT Back Screening Tool. These two questionnaires categorize back pain patients into individuals at risk of chronic back pain and those not at risk. Furthermore, data concerning pain location, severity, duration and impairment will be collected. Study participants will receive standard care treatment prescribed by their general practitioner. Six months later, study participants will receive a questionnaire in order to collect data concerning their present pain situation. Patients with relevant impairment in their activities of daily living as a result of back pain will be categorized as individuals with chronic back pain. Categorization at six months will be compared with the categorization at presentation.

Study Type

  • Study Type: Observational
  • Study Design
    • Time Perspective: Prospective
  • Study Primary Completion Date: October 14, 2019

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • acute back pain

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • risk of chronic back pain determined by Heidelberger short questionnaire score
    • Time Frame: at enrolment
  • risk of chronic back pain determined by Keele questionnaire
    • Time Frame: at enrolment

Secondary Measures

  • numeric rating scale average pain intensity
    • Time Frame: at enrolment, at 6 months
  • numeric rating scale minimal pain intensity
    • Time Frame: at enrolment, at 6 months
  • numeric rating scale pain related sleep-loss
    • Time Frame: at enrolment, at 6 months
  • clothepin-algometry (numeric rating scale)
    • Time Frame: at enrolment
  • working days missed
    • Time Frame: at enrolment, at 6 months

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • acute (<6 weeks) back pain
  • >20 und <60 years of age
  • good oral and written knowledge of German language

Exclusion Criteria

  • any treatment for back pain within the last 6 months
  • Cauda equina
  • tumor
  • generalized pain
  • severe systemic illness
  • substance abuse
  • pregnancy

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 20 Years

Maximum Age: 60 Years

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: No

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Swiss Paraplegic Centre Nottwil
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Sponsor

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