Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 361–370 | Cite as

The Predictive Validity of OMPQ on the Rehabilitation Outcomes for Patients with Acute and Subacute Non-Specific LBP in a Chinese Population

  • Rainbow K. Y. Law
  • Edwin W. C. Lee
  • Sheung-Wai Law
  • Ben K. B. Chan
  • Phoon-Ping Chen
  • Grace P. Y. Szeto


Introduction Early screening of physical and psychosocial risk factors has been advocated as a way to identify low back pain (LBP) patients who may develop chronic disability. This study evaluated the predictive validity of a Chinese version of the Orebro Musculoskeletal Pain Questionnaire (OMPQ) in identifying LBP patients at risk of developing poor return-to-work (RTW) outcomes. Methods Altogether 241 patients with acute or subacute non-specific LBP agreed to participate, and they were screened at baseline with OMPQ, and evaluated after discharge from physiotherapy (n = 173) with outcome measures including the Roland–Morris Disability Questionnaire (RMDQ), numerical pain score (0–10) and global recovery (0–10). At 1-year follow-up, information on RTW status as well as sick leave duration were obtained. Results At baseline the OMPQ had a mean score of 112.0 (SD = 26.5). The receiver operator characteristic (ROC) curves of OMPQ scores at 1-year follow-up recorded values of area under the curve of 0.693 for RTW and 0.714 for sick leave duration, which are comparable to those reported in European studies. OMPQ was the only factor that could significantly predict the RTW outcomes, compared to other variables such as the RMDQ scores. Conclusion The results confirmed the predictive validity of the Chinese version of OMPQ in screening LBP patients at risk of developing poor occupational outcomes, and appropriate interventions can be arranged for these high-risk individuals in the rehabilitation process.


Low back pain Screening Predictors Return-to-work Disability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rainbow K. Y. Law
    • 1
  • Edwin W. C. Lee
    • 2
  • Sheung-Wai Law
    • 3
  • Ben K. B. Chan
    • 2
  • Phoon-Ping Chen
    • 4
  • Grace P. Y. Szeto
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of PhysiotherapyAlice Ho Miu-Ling Nethersole HospitalTai PoHong Kong
  2. 2.Department of PhysiotherapyPrince of Wales Hospital, Hospital AuthoritySha TinHong Kong
  3. 3.Department of Orthopaedics and TraumatologyThe Chinese University of Hong KongSha TinHong Kong
  4. 4.Department of AnaesthesiologyAlice Ho Mui-Ling Nethersole HospitalTai PoHong Kong
  5. 5.Department of Rehabilitation SciencesThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityKowloonHong Kong

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