Pain, Disability, Emotional Status and Educational Needs between Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain Groups

급·만성 요통 환자군의 통증, 기능장애, 정서 상태 및 교육 요구

  • Ahn, Ji-Hye (Department of Nursing, College of Nursing, The Catholic University of Korea) ;
  • Kim, Hee-Seung (Department of Nursing, College of Nursing, The Catholic University of Korea) ;
  • Kim, Hye-Jin (Department of Nursing, University of Ulsan)
  • Received : 2018.12.31
  • Accepted : 2019.02.21
  • Published : 2019.02.28


Purpose: This study aimed to identify pain, disability, anxiety, depression and educational needs between acute and chronic low back pain groups. Methods: A total of 153 patients aged 18 to 64, recruited from S-neurosurgical clinic for low back pain in Gyeonggi-do. Out of 153 subjects, 70 were Acute Low Back Pain (ALBP) group and 83 were Chronic Low Back Pain (CLBP) group. The collected data was analyzed using the SAS System V 9.4 program by chi-square test/Fisher's exact test and t-test. Results: The pain and disability scores were higher in ALBP group while the depression score was higher in CLBP group. The educational needs score in the area for the time for lumbar operation was higher in CLBP group. In the Low Back Pain (LBP) treatment management, ALBP group visited clinic (60.0%) most frequently and CLBP group visited both clinic & traditional medicine (66.3%) regularly. Conclusion: In order to minimize the progression from acute to chronic LBP, it is necessary for patients who visited the clinic to be accompanied with an education program that reflects educational needs of patients and with proven alternative therapy.


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