– Fear-Avoidance Beliefs Questionnaire (FABQ)

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The (FABQ) is a self-administered questionnaire specifically focusing on how a patient’s fear avoidance beliefs about physical activity and work might affect and contribute to their low back pain and result in disability. (Waddell G, 1993)

Instructions to participants are as follows: These are a few of the things that patients have told us about their pain. On the assessment form, participants are asked to indicate how much physical activities such as bending, lifting, walking, or driving affect or would affect your back pain. (Waddell G, 1993)

Items include:

  • My pain was caused by physical activity
  • Physical activity makes my pain worse
  • Physical activity might harm my back
  • I should not do physical activities which (might) make my pain worse
  • I cannot do physical activities which (might) make my pain worse (Waddell G, 1993)

The following statements are about how your normal work affects or would affect your back pain

  • My pain was caused by my work or by an accident at work
  • My work aggravated my pain
  • I have a claim for compensation for my pain
  • My work is too heavy for me
  • My work makes or would make my pain worse
  • My work might harm my back
  • I should not do my normal work with my present pain
  • I cannot do my normal work with my present pain
  • I cannot do my normal work till my pain is treated
  • I do not think that I will be back to my normal work within 3 months
  • I do not think that I will ever be able to go back to that work (Waddell G, 1993)