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Papers: 16 Jul 2022 - 22 Jul 2022


Human Studies

2022 Jul 20

Scand J Pain

Burden of disease and management of osteoarthritis and chronic low back pain: healthcare utilization and sick leave in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark (BISCUITS): study design and patient characteristics of a real world data study.


Hallberg S, Rolfson O, Karppinen J, Schiøttz-Christensen B, Stubhaug A, Fischer M R, Gerdle B, Toresson Grip E, Gustavsson A, Robinson RL, Varenhorst C, Schepman P
Scand J Pain. 2022 Jul 20.
PMID: 35858277.


Osteoarthritis (OA) and chronic low back pain (CLBP) are common musculoskeletal disorders with substantial patient and societal burden. Nordic administrative registers offer a unique opportunity to study the impact of these conditions in the real-world setting. The Burden of Disease and Management of Osteoarthritis and Chronic Low Back Pain: Health Care Utilization and Sick Leave in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark (BISCUITS) study was designed to study disease prevalence and the societal and economic burden in broad OA and CLBP populations.