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Examining Racial and SocioEconomic Disparities in Chronic Low Back Pain Study

June 5, 2019


There is little supporting evidence on whether disadvantaged groups of society may have a higher risk for chronic low back pain (cLBP). This study examines the racial differences and socioeconomic statuses in those studied in predictors of cLBP and pain modulation. Health literacy will be measured, questionnaires will be given, and a sleep study will also be performed.


Study Information

This is an observational study with an estimated 240 participants. Two experimental sessions will be performed in addition to many questionnaires and the sleep study. The study began on October 15, 2017 and is estimated to be completed on November 8, 2022.


Inclusion Criteria

  • All sexes and genders, ages 19 to 85 years old
  • Chronic low back pain that has occurred for the past 6 months


Exclusion Criteria

  • Surgery (fusion, Laminectomy) in the last year
  • Accident or trauma in the last year
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes (HbA1c > 7%)
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Infection
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Stroke
  • Seizure (non-epileptic)
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Raynaud’s disease
  • Major Depression/Bipolar Disorder
  • HIV



You may participate in this study at UAB in Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 35294. If you have any questions or concerns you may contact Tammie Quinn at 205-934-8743 or at



This study is sponsored by University of Alabama at Birmingham and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) with Burel Goodin, PhD of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Psychology as the Principal Investigator.

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