Health status as measured by SF‐36 reflects changes and predicts outcome in chronic musculoskeletal pain: a 3‐year follow up study in the general population
2004 (English)In: Pain, ISSN 0304-3959, E-ISSN 1872-6623, Vol. 108, no 1-2, 115-123 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The SF-36 is a well-validated health status instrument measuring eight different health concepts. One aim of this study was to compare health status as measured by SF-36 in subjects from the general population with no chronic pain (NCP), chronic regional pain (CRP), and chronic widespread pain (CWP). A second aim was to assess if SF-36 could reflect changes in pain status over time. A third aim was to study if health status at baseline, measured by SF-36, could predict pain status 3 years later. The study was designed as a 3-year follow up with a postal questionnaire, including the SF-36 health survey, to 2357 subjects from the general population aged 20-74 years. The results were controlled for age, sex, co-morbidity, and socio-economic status. At baseline, all eight health concepts of SF-36 discriminated between subgroups with NCP, CRP and CWP. Changes in SF-36 over the 3-year follow up time coincided with improvement or deterioration of pain status. Baseline SF-36 scores predicted pain outcome 3 years later. These results support that both physical and mental aspects of health status as measured by SF-36 are affected by the burden of musculoskeletal pain, are sensitive to changes in pain status, and also predict the further development of pain. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2004. Vol. 108, no 1-2, 115-123 p.
health status, longitudinal, musculoskeletal, pain, widespread
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-32306DOI: 10.1016/j.pain.2003.12.013ISI: 000220312400015PubMedID: 15109514OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-32306DiVA: diva2:1039957