Eszter Simoncsics 1, Adrienne Stauder 2
1 Rehabilitation Center, Dél-pesti Centrum Kórház ,Budapest, 2.Magatartástudományi Intézet, Semmelweis Egyetem, Budapest
Introduction: The treatment of chronic low back pain is a team work with lot of participants. Among them nurses have crucial role in the success of the treatment.
Aims:The purpose of the present study was to investigate the impact of self-experienced low back pain on the opinion about the usefulness of various treatments among health care professionals.
Method: In a cross sectional study self-reported questionnaires were completed by 190 nurses and physiotherapist assist Questions included work experience and history of low back pain. Frequency and intensity (1-10) of the pain were investigated. An open question was asked about the most effective therapy for them. The respondents evaluated the importance of the use of pain killers and their opinion about the efficacy of diverse treatment methods. on a 5 point scale. The Fear-Avoidance Beliefs questionnaire (FABQ) was also included. The results were evaluated by descriptive statistics. Correlations between pain intensity and beliefs about treatment efficacy were calculated.
Results: On average, the nurses have been working for 22 years and the physiotherapy assistants for 17 years. 95.2% of the respondents have already suffered from low back pain. 21% had mild pain (G1), 39,9% moderate pain (G2) and 38,8% severe pain (G3). FABQ score was significantly higher in groups who experienced higher intensity pain. (G1:=42,22, G2= 48,5, G3=83,5, p=0,011). Regarding the importance of treatment methods, FABQ was only related with the use of pain killers (p<0,01) and surgery (p=0,07). Self experienced low back pain influenced the evaluation of treatment efficacy: by. the more severe the complaints were, higher the passive treatments were scored. In addition, three major groups could be distinguished regarding the treatment preferences.
Conclusion The nurses’ and physiotherapists’ opinion about the efficacy of various treatments is influenced by their subjective pain experiences
Doctoral School:Mental Health Sciences
Program: Mental Health
Name of supervisor: Dr Stauder Adrienne
Preferred presentation: Oral