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Prevalence and predictors of low back pain among the Iranian population: Results from the Persian cohort study

(2022) Prevalence and predictors of low back pain among the Iranian population: Results from the Persian cohort study. Annals of medicine and surgery (2012).

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Low back pain (LBP) is a common health condition in populations. Limited large-scale population-based studies evaluated the prevalence and predictors of LBP in developing countries. This study aimed to evaluate the prevalence and factors associated with LBP among the Iranian population. METHODS: We used baseline information from the Prospective Epidemiological Research Studies in Iran (PERSIAN), including individuals from 16 provinces of Iran. LBP was defined as the history of back pain interfering with daily activities for more than one week during an individual's lifetime. Various factors hypothesized to affect LBP, such as age, sex, marital status, educational status, ethnicity, living area, employment status, history of smoking, body mass index (BMI), physical activity, sleep duration, wealth score, history of joint pain, and history of morning stiffness in the joints were evaluated. RESULTS: In total, 163770 Iranians with a mean age of 49.37 (SD = 9.15) were included in this study, 44.8 of whom were male. The prevalence of LBP was 25.2 among participants. After adjusting for confounders, the female gender OR:1.244(1.02-1.50), middle and older ages OR:1.23(1.10-1.33) and OR:1.13(1.07-1.42), respectively, being overweight or obese OR:1.13(1.07-1.19) and OR:1.21(1.16-1.27), respectively, former and current smokers (OR:1.25(1.16-1.36) and OR:1.28(1.17-1.39), respectively, low physical activity OR:1.07(1.01-1.14), and short sleep duration OR: 1.09(1.02-1.17) were significantly associated with LBP. CONCLUSION: In this large-scale study, we found the lifetime prevalence of LBP to be lower among the Iranian population in comparison to the global prevalence of LBP; further studies are warranted to evaluate the causality of risk factors on LBP.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: BMI, body mass index Iran LBP, low back pain Low back pain Persian Prevalence YLD, years of healthy life lost due to disability
Page Range: p. 103243
Journal or Publication Title: Annals of medicine and surgery (2012)
Volume: 74
Depositing User: مهندس مهدی شریفی

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