Self-report of depressive symptoms in low back pain patients.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Two studies designed to examine the self-report of depressive symptoms in low back pain patients are presented. Symptoms of depression were assessed with the Beck Depression Inventory. In the first study, a sample (N = 134) of patients who presented for neurosurgical evaluation were evaluated. In the second study, a subgroup of patients found to have lumbar disc protrusion were compared to a subgroup with few or no positive physical findings at the time of physical examination. If the cut-off scores recommended by Beck were used, patients in both studies would be classified as mildly depressed. Both studies found that patients were significantly more likely to report somatic than cognitive symptoms of depression. Patients with multiple physical findings or a disc abnormality at the time of operation were not found to be more likely to report somatic symptoms than patients with few physical findings.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Crisson, J; Keefe, FJ; Wilkins, RH; Cook, WA; Muhlbaier, LH

Published Date

  • May 1, 1986

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 42 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 425 - 430

PubMed ID

  • 2940266

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9762

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/1097-4679(198605)42:3<425::aid-jclp2270420304>;2-a


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States