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The aim of this survey is the analysis of typical misbeliefs distribution about back pain among medical staff. Study design: cross-sectional discreptive study 110 medical professionals took part in this study. 48 of them were medical students (4th and 5th year of education), 62 were licensed medical doctors with ten years of experience in average. All participants were interviewed with special questionnarie containing 36 false statements about the spine and back pain. Every subject was asked to indicate whether he agrees or disagrees with each statement. The rate of incorrectly given answers was 63% in average for physicians (from 22% to 94%) and 60% in average for students (from 36% to 83%). In a small subgroup of neurosurgeons the rate of mistakes was 32% (varied from 11% to 47%). This study gives evidence of the high total level of misbeliefs about back pain among both licensed physicians and medical students. It is likely that majority of physicians do not use modern biopsychosocial model of back pain. Moreover they often act as carriers of irrational beliefs which could have negative influence on long therm effects of back pain.

About the authors

E. A. Cherepanov

OOO «Avro», clinic «Medical Club»

Author for correspondence.
Email: dr.cherepanov@gmail.com
Russian Federation

A. V. Gladkov

Novosibirsk branch of National Academy of retraining and professional development of executives and specialists of investment sphere

Email: avg48@mail.ru
Russian Federation


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