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The Impact of Back Pain on Sickness Absence in Europe

The Impact of Back Pain on Sickness Absence in Europe

Professor Stephen Bevan
01 June 2012

The costs of back pain in the EU are considerable and have been estimated to exceed €12billion each year. Some 80% of health care costs are generated by the 10% of those with chronic back pain and disability. This paper, presented to the Societal Impact of Pain conference in Copenhagen, argues for earlier intervention, preventative measures in workplaces and more Good Work.

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