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Prognostic factors in Neck pain

The conception is to conduct a project exploring the influence of a range of factors that could predict the recovery from neck pain.

About the project

Neck pain is one of the common musculoskeletal disorders among the general population in Norway.  Therefore, the association between various prognostic factors and the outcome in neck pain is being explored in the current project. Additionally, the main outcomes such as pain intensity and neck disability reported over one year are examined for different trajectories. 

Objectives

  1. Describe the clinical course of neck pain in patients treated by different health care professionals and/or in different health settings
  2. Explore the prognostic factors that explain the outcome in neck pain in patients seeking interventions from different health professionals or in different health setups
  3. Investigate the health care provider factors and intervention related factors that impact the outcome in patients with neck pain who seek treatment from different health professionals or in different health settings.

Background

Neck pain is a commonly assessed and treated condition in any health care professional’s office. Patients with neck pain seek treatment from different health care professionals such as general practitioners, physiotherapists and chiropractors. Moreover, the interventions are implemented either in a primary care or specialized health care setting.

There is a lack of knowledge currently as to which factors could have an influence on the delayed or non-recovery outcome in patients with neck pain. Thus, the current project is designed to explore the prognostic factors that explain the outcome from neck pain treated by different health care providers or in different health care settings.

Using a longitudinal study design, data would be obtained for a number of outcome and predictive variables for a period of one year. Growth mixture modelling and linear mixed-effects modelling would be conducted to analyze the collected data. This important piece of research work could provide plausible explanations about recovery related to neck pain, thereby addressing the lacunae in this area.

Financing

  • Scientia Fellows Research Grant

Cooperation

  1. The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø
  2. Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
  3. Oslo University Hospital

Start - finish

March 2016 to February 2018

Published Apr. 11, 2016 2:26 PM - Last modified Apr. 11, 2016 2:35 PM