Advances in Life Science and Medicine http://submission.ajournals.com/index.php/alsm <p><strong>Advances in Life Science and Medicine (ALSM) journal</strong><strong> </strong>is an international peer-reviewed journal that publishes original and high-quality research papers in all areas of <strong>Life Science and Medicine</strong>. As an important academic exchange platform, scientists and researchers can know the most up-to-date academic trends and seek valuable primary sources for reference.</p><p>Journal home page: http://www.ajournals.com/journals/alsm</p><p> </p> en-US info@ajournals.com (Advances in Life Science and Medicine) ajournalsinfo@gmail.com (Advancements in Science) Fri, 03 Mar 2017 14:18:21 +0000 OJS 3.1.0.1 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 ESTIMATION OF ECONOMIC COST OF LOW BACK PAIN MANAGEMENT IN KANO, NIGERIA. http://submission.ajournals.com/index.php/alsm/article/view/118 <p>The cost of treatment for patients with low back pain (LBP) has a noteworthy monetary effect around the world. In Nigeria documents indicating the cost of treatment of LBP are few or not in existence. The purpose of this study is to estimate the cost of low back pain management in Kano state. A total of 79 respondents (55 males,24 females) aged between 30 to 70 years receiving physiotherapy in secondary and tertiary hospitals consented to participate in the study. Data on economic cost of low back pain and socio demographic information were collected using a standardized economic cost questionnaire. Respondents functional disability level were assessed using Rolland Morris Disability Questionnaire. Results were analyzed descriptively using  statistics of proportions, means and standard deviation, inferential statistics of chi square.The overall estimated cost of annual low back pain mangement was averaged at 94389.57 naira ± 67270  with direct cost accounting for 84.80% (80045.57 ± 54287.02 naira ) and indirect cost accounting  for 15.20 % (14344 ± 12983.47 naira).There was no association between the cost of management of low back pain and gender (p=0.39). However, there was an association between the cost of low back pain mangement and functional disability score among respondents (p=0.004). This study concluded that management of low back pain constitutes a substantial cost burden which is  largely  attributed to direct cost and radiological investigation contributed greatly to the cost. </p> Bashir Bello, Tasiu Isah Muhammad ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 http://submission.ajournals.com/index.php/alsm/article/view/118 Fri, 03 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000