Groningen Spine Cohort We evaluate patients with low back pain for a period of ten years on e.g., the course of symptoms and impairments related to work participation. Facility
Low back pain is due to the high incidence and associated costs a large medical and social problem.

The cohort will follow patients with low back pain who visited the Spine Center UMCG, for a period of ten years on the course of symptoms, perceived disabilities and quality of life, and impairments related to work participation.

Also, we will gain insight in patients’ medical consumption, productivity costs, and treatments and advice given by professionals, employers and relatives. The results of the study will help improve quality and efficiency of low back pain care.