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The Prevalence of low back pain in Africa: a systematic review

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, November 2007
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Title
The Prevalence of low back pain in Africa: a systematic review
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BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, November 2007
DOI 10.1186/1471-2474-8-105
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Quinette A Louw, Linzette D Morris, Karen Grimmer-Somers

Abstract

Low back pain (LBP) is the most prevalent musculoskeletal condition and one the most common causes of disability in the developed nations. Anecdotally, there is a general assumption that LBP prevalence in Africa is comparatively lower than in developed countries. The aim of this review was to systematically appraise the published prevalence studies conducted on the African continent to establish the prevalence of LBP in Africa. A comprehensive search was conducted in April 2006. The following databases PEDro, Psychinfo, Science Direct, SportsDiscus, PubMed, CINAHL, Biblioline Pro-African Wide NiPAD and SA ePublications were individually searched using specifically developed search strategies for epidemiological research conducted on LBP amongst the African population. Two reviewers independently evaluated the methodological quality of the studies reviewed. A total of 27 eligible epidemiological studies were included in this review. The majority of the studies (63%) were conducted in South Africa (37%) and Nigeria (26%). The most common population group involved workers (48%), while scholars comprised 15% of the population. 67% of the studies were found to be methodologically sound, and the LBP prevalence of these were analyzed. The mean LBP point prevalence among the adolescents was 12% and among adults was 32%. The average one year prevalence of LBP among adolescents was 33% and among adults was 50%. The average lifetime prevalence of LBP among the adolescents was 36% and among adults was 62%. The findings support the global burden of disease of LBP, in addition to suggesting that LBP prevalence among Africans is rising and is of concern. Further research into the most effective strategies to prevent and manage LBP in Africa is warranted.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Spain 2 <1%
Nigeria 2 <1%
South Africa 2 <1%
United Kingdom 2 <1%
Ghana 1 <1%
Norway 1 <1%
Indonesia 1 <1%
New Zealand 1 <1%
Egypt 1 <1%
Other 4 1%
Unknown 373 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 73 19%
Student > Bachelor 70 18%
Student > Postgraduate 46 12%
Researcher 40 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 39 10%
Other 88 23%
Unknown 34 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 173 44%
Nursing and Health Professions 59 15%
Sports and Recreations 20 5%
Social Sciences 19 5%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 16 4%
Other 56 14%
Unknown 47 12%

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