Table 1

Psychosocial risk for a new episode of low back pain (LBP): comparison of 12 months outcome in the employed and non-employed (adjusted for age group and sex)

Baseline employment statusEmployedNon-employed
No LBP ControlsNon-consulting LBPConsulting LBPNo LBP ControlsNon-consulting LBPConsulting LBP
CasesOR (95% CI1-150)CasesOR (95% CI)CasesOR (95% CI)CasesOR (95% CI)
Satisfaction with status
Satisfied3561311.0351.0282961.0221.0
 Slightly dissatisfied133 831.7 (1.2, 2.4)231.8 (1.0, 3.1)102581.6 (1.1, 2.4)131.4 (0.7, 3.0)
 Severely dissatisfied 39 282.0 (1.2, 3.3) 30.8 (0.2, 2.7) 82602.0 (1.2, 3.1) 70.9 (0.3, 2.2)
Perceived adequacy of income
Adequate2931311.0241.0165811.0 71.0
 Slightly inadequate181 811.0 (0.7, 1.4)211.5 (0.8, 2.7)178670.8 (0.5, 1.2)162.3 (0.9, 5.8)
 Severely inadequate 57 331.3 (0.8, 2.1)163.6 (1.8, 7.2)149831.1 (0.7, 1.6)213.6 (1.4, 9.0)
  • 1-150 95% Confidence intervals. All subjects not currently in part-time or full time employed.