Background: Chronic Low Back Pain (CLBP) is one of the well known encountered health hazard affecting worldwide population. A psychiatric disorder is a diagnosis made by a mental health professional of a behavioral or mental pattern that may cause suffering or a poor ability to function in life. Hence; under the light of above mentioned data, the present study was undertaken for assessing the prevalence of psychiatric illness among patients with chronic low back pain. Materials & methods: Study was conducted on 150 patients who were diagnosed to be suffering from CLBP that lasts longer than 12 weeks. Socio-demographic Performa were filled containing the basic information about the patient. Full psychiatric assessment was done in these patients to assess the psychiatric illness. All the data were recorded and analyzed by SPSS software Version 17. Results: Psychiatric illness was found to be present in 63.3 percent of patients (95 patients). Depression was the most common psychiatric illness among CLBP patients found to be present in 42 patients. Generalized anxiety disorder was found to be present in 10 patients. Conclusion: Screening of CLBP patients for psychiatric illness is necessary since psychopathology may affect prognosis, outcome and health care utilization.
Key words: Chronic low back pain, Psychiatric illness
Received: 15 March, 2019 Revised: 8 July 2019 Accepted: 9 July 2019
Corresponding author: Dr. Malay Kant Singh, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Career Institute of Medical Sciences Lucknow, UP
This article may be cited as: Singh MK. Evaluation of prevalence of psychiatric illness among patients with chronic low back pain. J Adv Med Dent Scie Res 2019;7(8): 75-77.