Turkish Neurosurgery 2012 , Vol 22 , Num 6
The Relationship Between Disability, Quality of Life and Fear-Avoidance Beliefs in Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain
Doğan Gucluhan GUCLU1, Oya GUCLU2, Aysel OZANER3, Omer SENORMANCI2, Ramazan KONKAN2
1Bakirkoy Sadi Konuk Md Research and Training Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Istanbul, Turkey
2Bakirkoy Mental Research and Training Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Istanbul, Turkey
3Lawyer Cengiz Gokcek State Hospital , Department of Psychiatry, Gaziantep, Turkey
DOI : 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.6156-12.1 AIM: The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between fear and avoidance beliefs with the disability of patients with chronic low back pain and the prediction of quality of life.

MATERIAL and METHODS: 105 outpatients with chronic low back pain were included in the study. Patients were evaluated with a sociodemographic questionnaire Visual Analog Scale Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire Beck anxiety inventory Beck depression inventory, Somatosensory Amplification Scale Fear and avoidance beliefs questionaire and Short form-36 health survey questionnaire.

RESULTS: As pain intensity increased, FABQ increased. Higher levels of anxiety, depression, FABQ (work) leads to higher level of disability. The disability predictors were found to be pain intensity and level of anxiety. When levels of pain intensity, level of anxiety and depression, FABQ increased, physical function decreased. Pain intensity and FABQ (physical) were found to be the predictors of quality of life.

CONCLUSION: Findings of our study were compatible with the previous studies that evaluated the relationship between pain intensity and FAB with the disability of patients with chronic low back pain. We think that it‘d have a role for the perception of disability and connected to this to prevent the impairment of life quality by implications for FAB in these patients. Keywords : Chronic low back pain, Fear and avoidance beliefs, Disability, Quality of life

Corresponding author : Oya Guclu, oyaguclug@yahoo.com