Table 3

Comparison of the SF-36 scores in Back School and clinic groups at baseline and at follow-up assessments (a higher value indicates a better condition)

Back School group (n = 44)

P**

Clinic group (n = 47)

P**


Scales*

Baseline Mean (SD)

Follow-up Mean (SD)

Baseline Mean (SD)

Follow-up Mean (SD)


PF

55.5 (24.0)

79.3 (18.6)

< 0.001

53.4 (20.8)

54.4 (27.0)

0.58

RP

31.2 (26.4)

78.9 (28.5)

< 0.001

32.9 (35.7)

40.9 (36.6)

0.11

BP

43.4 (19.6)

71.5 (16.2)

< 0.001

43.5 (25.8)

56.6 (30.0)

0.001

GH

43.9 (23.1)

61.6 (22.7)

< 0.001

42.2 (22.4)

47.3 (26.1)

0.51

MH

52.7 (28.0)

74.0 (22.8)

< 0.001

48.8 (22.9)

54.3 (26.6)

0.04

RE

35.6 (42.0)

72.8 (40.6)

< 0.001

32.6 (40.4)

34.0 (42.4)

0.79

VT

48.7 (23.4)

73.2 (22.0)

< 0.001

48.6 (21.4)

56.8 (25.6)

0.02

SF

62.5 (28.2)

87.7 (21.6)

< 0.001

64.0 (29.3)

69.1 (32.7)

0.15


* PF = Physical functioning, RP = Role physical, BP = Bodily pain, General health, MH = Mental health, RE = Role emotional, VT = Vitality, SF = Social functioning.

** Wilcoxon Signed Ranks test.

Tavafian et al. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2007 8:21   doi:10.1186/1471-2474-8-21

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