Low back pain beliefs are associated to age, location of work, education and pain-related disability in Chinese healthcare professionals working in China: a cross sectional survey.

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dc.contributor.author Tan, BK
dc.contributor.author Smith, AJ
dc.contributor.author O'Sullivan, PB
dc.contributor.author Chen, G
dc.contributor.author Burnett, AF
dc.contributor.author Briggs, AM
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-28T09:49:49Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation BMC musculoskeletal disorders, 2014, 15 pp. 255 - ?
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/9461
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: Low back pain (LBP) is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Evidence pointing towards a more efficacious model of care using a biopsychosocial approach for LBP management highlights the need to understand the pain-related beliefs of patients and those who treat them. The beliefs held by healthcare professionals (HCPs) are known to influence the treatment advice given to patients and consequently management outcomes. Back pain beliefs are known to be influenced by factors such as culture, education, health literacy, place of work, personal experience of LBP and the sequelae of LBP such as disability. There is currently a knowledge gap among these relationships in non-western countries. The aim of this study was to examine the associations between LBP-related beliefs among Chinese HCPs and characteristics of these HCPs. METHODS: A convenience sample of 432 HCPs working in various health settings in Shanghai, China, completed a series of questionnaires assessing their demographic characteristics, LBP status, pain-related disability and their beliefs about their own LBP experience, using the Back beliefs Questionnaire (BBQ) and the Fear Avoidance Beliefs Questionnaire (FABQ). RESULTS: Younger Chinese HCPs (20-29 years) held more negative beliefs and attitudes related to LBP compared to older HCPs (>40years; BBQ mean difference [95% CI]: 2.4 [0.9 - 3.9], p = 0.001). HCPs working outside tertiary hospitals had poorer beliefs concerning the inevitable consequences of LBP (BBQ mean difference [95% CI]: -2.4 [-3.8 - -1.0], p = 0.001). HCPs who experienced LBP had higher level of fear avoidance beliefs when experiencing high LBP-related disability (FABQ-physical mean difference [95% CI]: 2.8 [1.5 - 4.1], p < 0.001; FABQ-work mean difference [95% CI]: 6.2 [4.0 - 8.4], p < 0.001)) and had lower level of fear avoidance beliefs if they had completed postgraduate study (FABQ-physical mean difference [95% CI]: 2.9 [-5.8 - 0.0], p = 0.049). CONCLUSION: This study suggests that LBP-related beliefs and attitudes among Chinese HCPs are influenced by age, location of work, level of LBP-related disability and education level. Understanding back pain beliefs of Chinese HCPs forms an important foundation for future studies into the condition and its management in China.
dc.format Electronic
dc.language eng
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1186/1471-2474-15-255
dc.title Low back pain beliefs are associated to age, location of work, education and pain-related disability in Chinese healthcare professionals working in China: a cross sectional survey.
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent BMC musculoskeletal disorders
dc.journal.volume 15
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 27 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 33 en_US
dc.cauo.name BUS.School of Marketing en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1605 Policy and Administration
dc.for 2001 Communication and Media Studies
dc.personcode 100638
dc.percentage 67 en_US
dc.classification.name Communication and Media Studies en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords knowledge exchange; knowledge management; tacit and explicit knowledge; intellectual assets; healthcare knowledge. en_US
dc.description.keywords Humans
dc.description.keywords Questionnaires
dc.description.keywords Age Factors
dc.description.keywords Attitude of Health Personnel
dc.description.keywords Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
dc.description.keywords Occupational Health
dc.description.keywords Educational Status
dc.description.keywords Adult
dc.description.keywords Health Personnel
dc.description.keywords Asian Continental Ancestry Group
dc.description.keywords Middle Aged
dc.description.keywords Low Back Pain
dc.description.keywords Young Adult
dc.description.keywords Cross-Sectional Studies
dc.description.keywords Culture
dc.description.keywords Disability Evaluation
dc.description.keywords Education, Professional
dc.description.keywords China
dc.description.keywords Fear
dc.description.keywords Female
dc.description.keywords Male
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Research in Learning and Change
utslib.copyright.status Open Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:23:47.074767+10
utslib.collection.history Uncategorised (ID: 363)
utslib.collection.history General (ID: 2)

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