London: Integrated care programme, directed at both the patient and the workplace, can substantially reduce disability due to chronic low back pain in an individual’s private and working life, according to a new study.
Patients completed questionnaires at the start of the study and after three, six, nine and 12 months. Sickness absence data were collected every month. Over the 12-month study period, patients who received integrated care returned to sustainable work after an average of 88 days compared with 208 days for patients receiving usual care, an average reduction of 120 days. After 12 months patients in the integrated care group also improved significantly more on functional status compared to patients in the usual care group. No statistically significant differences in pain improvement were found between the two groups. The integrated care programme substantially reduced disability due to chronic low back pain in both working and private life, say the authors. (ANI)
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