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Table 2 Percentage of participants that responded negatively to statements (i.e. selected agree or completely agree (4 or 5)) about back pain from the Back Beliefs Questionnaire (n = 506)

From: Negative beliefs about low back pain are associated with high pain intensity and high level disability in community-based women

Back Beliefs Questionnaire statements   Participants with negative beliefs*
n (%)
1 There is no real treatment for back trouble 49 (9.7)
2 Back trouble will eventually stop you from working 81 (16.0)
3 Back trouble means periods of pain for the rest of one's life 154 (30.4)
4 Back trouble makes everything in life worse 164 (32.4)
5 Back trouble may mean you end up in a wheelchair 58 (11.5)
6 Back trouble means long periods of time off from work 49 (9.7)
7 Once you have had back trouble there is always a weakness 252 (49.8)
8 Back trouble must be rested 91 (18.0)
9 Later in life back trouble gets progressively worse 180 (35.6)
  Total score (mean, SD) 30.7 (6.0)
  1. * Selected agree or completely agree, which is a score of 4 or 5 respectively.