Chronic Back Pain in America 2015:
Survey Results

Who Patients Trust to Diagnose and Treat Chronic Back Pain

Most patients seek trustworthy information about their spine pain and doctor

Whether you have neck, mid back, or low back—you have many sources for information about the spine and people who are willing to provide their advice. Finding the best doctor and trustworthy resources for information may seem daunting amid Google's results, magazine articles, self-help books, and your best friend’s experience. In the Chronic Back Pain in America 2015 survey, SpineUniverse asked people who reported having chronic spine-related pain for at least 3 months specific questions about this topic, including who patient's trust.
Woman typing on a keyboardAs you review the data in the tables below, it is important to know that not everyone who participated in the survey answered every single question—therefore, the total number and percentages of responses vary. The survey design didn’t force anyone to answer a question. Rather, the survey taker could provide one or more responses to questions.

Did you research potential causes of your pain, symptoms and treatments?
In Table 1, the 217 responses reflect about 36% of a total of 606 people (or patients) who participated in the survey.

Number of people who did personal research about their back painWhat types of resources did you use?
There were 194 patients who responded to this question. The data in Table 2 shows that Internet searches topped to list. It is interesting that 57% of those patients accessed a spine device manufacturer’s website to learn about—perhaps, their condition or a treatment option. Some people chose more than one resource.

Resources used to learn about back painDid the source influence or change your opinion about the cause of your pain, symptoms, treatment(s) or surgery?
This question refers to the “resources utilized” in Table 2 (above).

  • 30% (n=57) answered “Yes”
  • 62% (n=120) answered “No”
  • 8% (n=17) responded, “I don’t know.”

The next section drilled down into the websites 217 survey participants reported they used to locate information about their doctor or surgeon. Thirty-two percent (32%, n=69) checked off they did not use the Internet for this purpose.

Internet sites used to find a spine doctorDid the information and/or rating about a doctor/ surgeon influence or change your opinion of that provider?
A total of 150 patients replied to that question.

  • 72% (n=108) answered “No”
  • 28% (n=42) answered “Yes”

In Tables 4 and 5 (below), all the survey participants (n=606) responded, and some chose more than one provider.

Who do you trust to provide spine care?

Spine doctors patients trust, results of Chronic Back Pain in America 2015 surveyWould you recommend your doctor to a friend or family member?

Spine doctors patients recommend to friends family

Updated on: 03/24/17
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Important results of the Chronic Back Pain in America 2015 are presented as an infographic. More than 600 people self-reported having chronic back, neck, mid back or sacral pain for at least 3 months.
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