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Human Studies

2019 Aug

Eur J Pain



Expectations influence treatment outcomes in patients with low back pain. A secondary analysis of data from a randomized clinical trial.


Eklund A, De Carvalho D, Pagé I, Wong A, Wong A, Pohlman K, Hartvigsen J, Swain M
Eur J Pain. 2019 Aug; 23(7):1378-1389.
PMID: 31034102.


Low back pain (LBP) is a global public health challenge, which causes high health-care costs and the highest burden on society in terms of years lived with disability. While patient expectations for improvement may have effects on LBP treatment outcomes, it remains unclear if psychological profiles modify this relationship. Therefore, the objectives of this study were to investigate if (1) patient expectations predicted short-term outcome, and (2) psychological profile, pain intensity, and self-rated health modified the relationship between expectations and outcome.