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Comorbidity as a Prognostic Factor
Back Pain & Disability in Older Adults
A study in the PAIN journal examined whether comorbidities aided in determining if back pain led to further disability. Over 450 patients ≥55 years of age were included in the prospective cohort study that looked at the 1 year clinical course of back pain related disability. Questionnaires were used to assess comorbidity burden and count. Comorbidities included:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
If comorbidities went up by 1, the Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire score was .75 points higher; if comorbidity burden increased by a point, RMDQ went up .47 points. The study concluded that “the clinical course of back-related disability for older adults presenting in primary care was favorable, and increased comorbidity was an independent prognostic factor for increased disability levels.”
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