[Disability from low back pain in Spain]

Med Clin (Barc). 2000 Apr 8;114(13):491-2. doi: 10.1016/s0025-7753(00)71342-x.
[Article in Spanish]


Background: Nonspecific low back pain (LBP) is very common and the economic impact of absenteeism has not been completely established in Spain.

Material and method: We have valued LBP and the cost of worker's compensation in Spain with the available information between 1993-1997.

Results: The mean LBP was 55,388 per year (SD 9,230.1). The transitory LBP disability was 21.9 days, with a range between 19.7 and 24.2 days. The total cost of worker's compensation LBP claims was 11,000 million pesetas/year, and the mean cost by worker was 209,666 pesetas/year.

Conclusions: The worker's compensation LBP claims was higher in Spain that in the European Union.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Absenteeism
  • Disability Evaluation*
  • Humans
  • Low Back Pain / economics
  • Low Back Pain / epidemiology*
  • Spain / epidemiology
  • Workers' Compensation / economics