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[Do gender differences exist in the outcome of rehabilitation among patients with chronic low back pain? Findings of a 6-months follow-up study].

Research paper by U U Härtel, R R Wex, C C Symannek, T T Gottfried

Indexed on: 29 Mar '12Published on: 29 Mar '12Published in: Gesundheitswesen (Bundesverband der Arzte des Offentlichen Gesundheitsdienstes (Germany))



Abstract

This analysis assessed changes in pain intensity, subjective health status and psychological well-being among 237 patients (50% women) with chronic low back pain who were admitted to a rehabilitation clinic in Southern Bavaria. The findings show for both men and women a significant improvement of pain and health-related quality of life during the 6-month follow-up period. The results indicate gender-specific predictors of changes, which should be taken into account at the start of rehabilitation.