Table 5

Back pain status and SF-36 dimensions of health status by CAM user status (consulted with a CAM practitioner or not)
SF-36 Dimensions of health status Did not have back pain Had back pain - rarely Had back pain - sometimes Had back pain - often
CAM non-user CAM user CAM non-user CAM user CAM non-user CAM user CAM non-user CAM user
(n = 1,682) (n = 758) (n = 1,419) (n = 842) (n = 1,950) (n = 1,774) (n = 970) (n = 1,070)
mean mean mean mean mean mean mean mean
General health2 3 4 78.7 78.8 75.2 78.8 70.4 72.9 54.5 58.2
Physical functioning3 4 87.2 87.3 85.1 86.7 80.1 82.2 60.2 66.0
Bodily pain1 82.1 77.8 77.0 76.4 67.2 66.1 43.3 44.9
Role physical1 87.5 83.5 84.5 82.9 76.3 76.8 47.8 51.4
Role emotional 89.8 87.5 86.8 85.9 82.9 84.8 68.6 71.2
Mental health1 81.2 78.9 78.5 79.3 75.2 76.3 66.1 68.1
Social functioning 89.3 87.2 87.8 87.5 84.2 84.3 68.2 70.9
Vitality1 4 69.1 66.6 65.1 65.9 59.2 60.1 43.9 46.6

1 Statistically significant association for women who did not have back pain (p <.005).

2 Statistically significant association for women who had back pain, rarely (p <.005).

3 Statistically significant association for women who had back pain, sometimes (p <.005).

4 Statistically significant association for women who had back pain, often (p <.005).

Broom et al.

Broom et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:98   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-98

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