The Quebec Back Pain Disability Scale:
This questionnaire is about the way your back pain is affecting your daily life. People with back problems may find it
difficult to perform some of their daily activities. We would like to know if you find it difficult to perform any of the
activities listed below, because of your back. For each activity there is a scale of 0 to 5. Please choose one
response option for each activity (do not skip any activities) and circle the corresponding number.
Today, do you find it difficult to perform the following activities because of your back?
Get out of bed
Sleep through the night
Turn over in bed
Ride in a car
Stand up for 20-30 minutes
Sit in a chair for several hours
Climb one flight of stairs
Walk a few blocks (300-400 m)
Walk several kilometres
Reach up to high shelves
Throw a ball
Run one block (about 100m)
Take food out of the refrigerator
Make your bed
Put on socks (pantyhose)
Bend over to clean the bathtub
Move a chair
Pull or push heavy doors
Carry two bags of groceries
Lift and carry a heavy suitcase
Add the numbers for a total score: ___________
Minimum detectable change (90% confidence) 15 points
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