Functional disability due to back pain. a population‐based study indicating the importance of socioeconomic factors

Richard A. Deyo, Yuh‐Jane ‐J Tsui‐Wu

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

116 Scopus citations


Using national survey data, we examined correlates of disability due to low back pain in 1,516 persons who had back pain. Greater education level correlated significantly (P < 0.001) with fewer disability days (i.e., days of activity limitation, absence from work, confinement to bed, or reduced housework), even after controlling for severity, sciatica, occupation, and age. Findings in men differed from those in women; education level was a strong correlate for men only. For work absenteeism, low income was a stronger correlate than education. These data support the importance of social factors in the prognosis of some musculoskeletal diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1247-1253
Number of pages7
JournalArthritis & Rheumatism
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1987


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

Cite this