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Table 4 Description of the 731 chiropractic patients who took part in a practice-based outcome study on low back pain

From: The Nordic Subpopulation Research Programme: prediction of treatment outcome in patients with low back pain treated by chiropractors - does the psychological profile matter?

Variables Number of respondents Number Percentage
Duration since first treatment (at 4th visit or before if treatment completed before then) 642   
1-14 days   402 63
15-28 days   176 27
4-6 weeks   47 7
6-8 weeks   9 1
more than 8 weeks   8 1
Pain intensity past 24 hrs (at 4th visit) 626   
none   182 29
weak   267 43
moderate   148 24
severe   27 4
unbearable   2 <1
Present LBP status (outcome at 4th visit) 662   
definitely better   506 76
probably better   107 16
no change   41 6
probably worse   5 1
definitely worse   3 <1
Number of treatments 730   
1   53 7
2   111 15
3   113 15
4   453 62
If treatment concluded before 4th visit, why? 731   
not necessary, OK   155 21
not better   16 2
not possible to return/not able to pay   46 6
absent for unknown reason   48 7
referred out   13 2
not relevant (were not concluded before 4th visit)   453  
  1. Clinical data at the 4th visit (or before, if treatment was concluded earlier)