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STarT Back 9 Item
Item Question Disagree Agree
1 My back pain has spread down my leg(s) at some time in the last 2 weeks
2 I have had pain in the shoulder or neck at some time in the last 2 weeks
3 I have only walked short distances because of my back pain
4 In the last 2 weeks, I have dressed more slowly than usual because of back pain
5 It’s not really safe for a person with a condition like mine to be physically active
6 Worrying thoughts have been going through my mind a lot of the time
7 I feel that my back pain is terrible and it’s never going to get any better
8 In general I have not enjoyed all the things I used to enjoy
9 Overall, how bothersome has your back pain been in the last 2 weeks?
Low Risk
Score: 0
Subscore: 0
Scoring 9-item questionnaire: Total score 3 or less = Low risk
Total score 4 or more -> sub score Q5-9 is 3 or less = medium risk; 4 or more = high risk
Scoring 6-item (Q2, 5, and 6 removed): Total score 2 or less = Low risk
Total score 3 or more = not at low risk