Chronic low-back pain and depression: an epidemiological survey

Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1984 Dec;70(6):614-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1984.tb01256.x.


The author evaluated the presence of depression among 64 male workers at an engineering factory, suffering from chronic low-back pain (19 organic cases and 45 idiopathic cases). Moreover, the frequency of depressive spectrum disorders was assessed among their first degree relatives. No significant differences emerged between organic and idiopathic cases.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Back Pain / complications
  • Back Pain / psychology*
  • Depressive Disorder / complications
  • Depressive Disorder / genetics
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged