Table 2

Burden of disease

Headache (N = 432)

LBP (n = 194)

p value


Days with pain within the last three months (mean/SD)

30.2 (27.2)

78.2 (22.4)

< .001

Mean pain intensity (NRS 0-10/SD)

7.1 (1.8)

6.9 (2.0)

n.s.

Lost work days within the last three months due to headache/LBP (mean/SD)

4.7 (11.2)

23.2 (30.0)

< .001

Days with reduced work capacity (> 50%) within the last three months due to headache/LBP (mean/SD)

13.7 (16.9)

41.9 (36.0)

< .001

Days with reduced social capacity within

the last three months due to headache/LBP (mean/SD)

9.49 (14.5)

22.67 (27.7)

< .001

Days with inability to do any housework due to headache/LBP (mean/SD)

7.6 (11.6)

20.56 (27.4)

< .001

Days with reduced function(≥ 50%) in house work within the last three months due to headache/LBP (mean/SD)

10.87 (14.9)

56.81 (31.4)

< .001


Gaul et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:89   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-11-89

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