Risk factors and disability associated with low back pain in older adults in low- and middle-income countries: results from the WHO Study on Global AGEing and Adult Health (SAGE)

SOURCE: PLoS One
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2015
TITLE AUTHOR(S): J.Stewart Williams, N.Ng, K.Peltzer, A.Yawson, R.Biritwum, T.Maximova, F.Wu, P.Arokiasamy, P.Kowal, S.Chatterji
KEYWORDS: ADULTS, AGEING, ELDERLY, HEALTH, LOWER BACK PAIN, RISK BEHAVIOUR
DEPARTMENT: Social Aspects of Public Health (SAPH)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 8992

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Abstract

Back pain is a common disabling chronic condition that burdens individuals, families and societies. Epidemiological evidence, mainly from high-income countries, shows positive association between back pain prevalence and older age. There is an urgent need for accurate epidemiological data on back pain in adult populations in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) where populations are ageing rapidly. The objectives of this study are to: measure the prevalence of back pain; identify risk factors and determinants associated with back pain, and describe association between back pain and disability in adults aged 50 years and older, in six LMICs from different regions of the world. The findings provide insights into country-level differences in self-reported back pain and disability in a group of socially, culturally, economically and geographically diverse LMICs.