Statistical snapshot includes race, residence, education, income, and employment status
From mid-August 2013 through October, 764 qualified participants completed the Chronic Back Pain in America survey. All are residents of the United States. Approximately, 67% were female and 33% were male. Forty percent (40%) were aged 40 to 54 and 37% were 55 to 64. Patients aged 65 to older than 75 years was about 16%. Patients between the ages of 25 to 39 made up about 7% of the survey completers.
Race: Approximately 90% of respondents were Caucasian, 4% Black/African American, and 4% Hispanic/Latino.
Residence: With the exception of Hawaii, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington DC, and Wyoming, results from all states were obtained.
The states with the greatest percent of patients with chronic back pain were Florida (9%) and California (8%).
Forty percent (40%) live in suburban areas, 31% in a city, and 29% in rural regions.
Education: Approximately 24% reported some college, 20% a Bachelor or equivalent, 16% an Associate or equivalent, 16% high school, about 13% Master or equivalent, and 8% technical school.
Income: Twenty-nine percent (29%, blue section) indicated an annual household income of less than $25,000.
Work Type: The responses included current or past work performed. "Other" included a wide variety of employment and included accountant, artist, driver, firefighter, and rug tufter.
Employment Status: Thirty percent are retired, 25% work full-time, 18% collect disability, 6% work part-time, 4% are on medical leave, and 15% reported "other." Two percent (2%) are full-time or part-time students that work, or volunteers.
Of the 15% that reported "other" as their work status, 52% cannot get disability, are filing for disability, refiling for disability, waiting for disability, or on disability.
"Sick" Days: During the past 12 months, 255 survey participants reported chronic back pain as a cause of missed time from work. Sixty-three percent (63%) missed up to 5 days, 16% up to 10 days, 5% up to 15 days, and 15% more than 15 days.
Job Loss: Approximately 55% of 399 survey respondents answered "yes" to the question, "Did you lose a job because of chronic back pain?" Of the jobs lost, 88% were full-time and 12% were part-time.
Discrimination: Thirty-one percent (31%, n=764) indicated they think they were discriminated against because of their chronic back pain, 46% replied "no," and 23% indicated "maybe."