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released: 16 Aug 2016 author: AIHW media release

Chronic back problems are common conditions in Australia (16% of the total population) and cause of disability (28% of the total population with disability) in Australia. Chronic back problems can have a strong negative effect on a person’s quality of life, affecting their ability to participate in daily activities, work, family and social activities. This bulletin provides the latest detailed information on the impacts (in terms of quality of life and disability) of chronic back problems in Australia.

ISSN 2205-5010 (PDF) 1446-9820 (Print); ISBN 978-1-74249-974-1; Cat. no. AUS 204; 16pp.; $10

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Publication table of contents

  • Summary
  • Contents
  • Introduction
    • Definition of chronic back problems
    • Data sources
  • Impact on the community
    • Prevalence
    • Economic burden
    • Disease burden
  • Impact on the individual
    • Age, sex and risk factors
    • Quality of life
    • Disability
  • Discussion
  • Data quality
  • Acknowledgments
  • References

Recommended citation

AIHW 2016. Impacts of chronic back problems. AIHW bulletin no. 137. Cat. no. AUS 204. Canberra: AIHW.

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