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The productivity cost of back-related pain.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Low back pain has been ranked as a leading cause for disability, and the burden in terms of reduced quality of life and economic cost makes low back pain a major health problem. Earlier studies have demonstrated substantial effect of back pain on productivity cost. Such studies have mainly measured the effect of back-related pain as the cost when a person is exposed to the condition or as the simple difference in cost before and after the onset of back-related pain. Using longitudinal data, this study aimed to assess the effect of back-related pain on losses to paid production and the cost associated with those losses, by controlling for time-invariant inherent to the individual as well as general trends in the society. This was an observational retrospective study based on data from Swedish national and regional health care and social insurance registers covering 2000-2012. The effect of back-related pain was estimated to SEK 24,000-76,000 per patient and year, which is lower than reported in previous studies.

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Low back pain, productivity cost, disability pension, sick leave, cost of illness
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-243154OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-243154DiVA: diva2:786200
Available from: 2015-02-05 Created: 2015-02-05 Last updated: 2015-02-05Bibliographically approved

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