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Lumbar supports for home care workers with low back pain, an efficacy study.


- candidate number1854
- NTR NumberNTR510
- ISRCTNISRCTN73707379
- Date ISRCTN created5-dec-2005
- date ISRCTN requested2-dec-2005
- Date Registered NTR25-nov-2005
- Secondary IDsN/A 
- Public TitleLumbar supports for home care workers with low back pain, an efficacy study.
- Scientific TitleLumbar supports for home care workers with low back pain, an efficacy study.
- ACRONYMN/A
- hypothesisResults of a systematic review showed that lumbar supports are not effective in the primary prevention of low back pain, but there were positive indications for the secondary preventive use of lumbar supports in the reduction of low back pain. In this RCT we study the secondary preventive efficacy of these lumbar supports.
- Healt Condition(s) or Problem(s) studiedLow back pain (LBP)
- Inclusion criteria1. Reporting LBP at the start of the study, or reporting two or more episodes of LBP in the 12 months prior to the start of the study;
2. Performing medical care and/or domestic tasks as a home care worker.
- Exclusion criteria1. Suffering from specific LBP e.g. rheumatoid arthritis or vertebral fractions;
2. Pregnant at the start of the study;
3. Receiving medical treatment for high blood pressure.
- mec approval receivedyes
- multicenter trialno
- randomisedyes
- masking/blindingSingle
- controlActive
- groupParallel
- Type2 or more arms, randomized
- Studytypeintervention
- planned startdate 1-mei-2003
- planned closingdate30-nov-2004
- Target number of participants360
- InterventionsA lumbar support was provided to the intervention group in addition to usual care (primary and secondary care for the management of LBP, available as usual).
- Primary outcome1. Number of days low back pain per month;
2. Number of days sick leave per year (calendar days);
3. Cost effectiveness.
- Secondary outcome1. Severity of experienced low back pain (11 point NRS);
2. Functional status (Quebec Back Pain Disability Scale);
3. Compliance.
- TimepointsN/A
- Trial web siteN/A
- statusstopped: trial finished
- CONTACT FOR PUBLIC QUERIESProf. dr. B.W. Koes
- CONTACT for SCIENTIFIC QUERIESMSc. P.D.D.M. Roelofs
- Sponsor/Initiator Erasmus Medical Center, Department of General Practice
- Funding
(Source(s) of Monetary or Material Support)
ZON-MW, The Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development
- Publications1. Jellema P, Bierma-Zeinstra SM, Van Poppel MN, Bernsen RM, Koes BW. Feasibility of lumbar supports for home care workers with low back pain. Occup Med (Lond) 2002; 52:317-23.


2. Ann Intern Med. 2007 Nov 20;147(10):685-92.
- Brief summaryLBP is a major problem among home care workers. Annual prevalences range from 44-72%. There are indications of positive effects, when using a lumbar support as a secondary preventive measure against LBP. This RCT studies the efficacy of using lumbar supports in the secondary prevention of LBP among home care workers.
- Main changes (audit trail)
- RECORD25-nov-2005 - 16-jun-2008


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