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Human Studies

2019 Feb 28

BMC Musculoskelet Disord



Prognostic ability of the German version of the STarT Back tool: analysis of 12-month follow-up data from a randomized controlled trial.


Karstens S, Krug K, Raspe H, Wunderlich M, Hochheim M, Joos S, Hüppe A
BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2019 Feb 28; 20(1):94.
PMID: 30819162.


Stratified care is an up-to-date treatment approach suggested for patients with back pain in several guidelines. A comprehensively studied stratification instrument is the STarT Back Tool (SBT). It was developed to stratify patients with back pain into three subgroups, according to their risk of persistent disabling symptoms. The primary aim was to analyse the disability differences in patients with back pain 12 months after inclusion according to the subgroups determined at baseline using the German version of the SBT (STarT-G). Moreover, the potential to improve prognosis for disability by adding further predictor variables, an analysis for differences in pain intensity according to the STarT-Classification, and discriminative ability were investigated.