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Physical and mental strain at work: Relationships with onset and persistent of multi-site pain in a four-year follow up

Published on Jul 1, 2017in International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics 1.57
· DOI :10.1016/j.ergon.2016.03.005
Subas Neupane16
Estimated H-index: 16
(RMIT: RMIT University),
Clas-Håkan Nygård28
Estimated H-index: 28
(RMIT: RMIT University)
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Abstract This study evaluates the association of physical and mental strain with the onset and persistence of multi-site musculoskeletal pain among younger and older employees in four-year follow-up. A questionnaire survey was conducted twice in a food processing company, in 2005 and 2009, with responses from 734 employees (445 younger and 289 older; 65% female). Information on musculoskeletal pain during the preceding week and perceived mental and physical strain was obtained through a structured questionnaire. The association of onset and persistent of multi-site pain with mental and physical strain was estimated with log binomial regression analysis and stratified by age group. Risk ratios (RR) with their 95% confidence intervals (CIs) are reported for the estimates. More than 56% of the employees reported multi-site pain at baseline. Among those who reported multi-site pain at baseline 70% reported persistent multi-site pain and one-third reported new onset of multi-site pain at follow-up. Mental strain at baseline strongly predicted persistence of multi-site pain among both younger and older employees (RR from for younger employees = 1.68, 95% CI = 1.01–2.83 and RR for older employees = 2.25, 95% CI 0 1.27–3.98) but the association with physical strain was not statistically significant. Mental strain predicted the risk of persistence of multi-site pain among both younger and older employees in four-year follow-up but not onset of multi-site pain. Relevance to the industry The results of this study suggest that monitoring working conditions of all age workers can reduce physical and mental strain, thereby reducing the incidence of multi-site musculoskeletal pain and promoting workers' health.
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Subas Neupane16
Estimated H-index: 16
(UTA: University of Tampere),
Päivi Leino-Arjas7
Estimated H-index: 7
(UTA: University of Tampere)
+ 3 AuthorsPekka Virtanen29
Estimated H-index: 29
(UTA: University of Tampere)
Aim To investigate single-site and multi-site musculoskeletal pain as predictors of future sickness absence due to musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) among blue-collar employees in food industry, and to study to what extent this relationship depends on physical loading at work.
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Published on May 1, 2014in Pain 6.03
Fabrice Herin8
Estimated H-index: 8
(University of Toulouse),
Michel Vézina26
Estimated H-index: 26
(Laval University)
+ 2 AuthorsChristophe Paris23
Estimated H-index: 23
Abstract The role of psychosocial and physical factors in the development of musculoskeletal pain (MSP) has now been clearly demonstrated. However, it is unclear whether these factors contribute to specific regional MSP or to multisite pain. The main goal of this study was to assess the impact of work-related factors according to gender on the development of regional and multisite MSP. A total of 12,591 subjects (65% men and 35% women) who were born in 1938, 1943, 1948, and 1953 and were partici...
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Jenni Kulmala13
Estimated H-index: 13
(University of Jyväskylä),
Mikaela B. von Bonsdorff16
Estimated H-index: 16
(University of Jyväskylä)
+ 7 AuthorsTaina Rantanen56
Estimated H-index: 56
(University of Jyväskylä)
Methods. This 28-year prospective cohort study examined on the associations between midlife stress and old age disability among 2,994 Finnish municipal professionals aged 44–58 years at baseline. Self-reported stress symptoms were assessed at baseline in 1981 and 4 years later in 1985 and perceived disability in 2009. For the baseline data, principal component analysis was used for differentiation into stress symptom profiles. The regression coefficient estimates for self-care disability (activi...
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Subas Neupane16
Estimated H-index: 16
(UTA: University of Tampere),
Helena Miranda5
Estimated H-index: 5
(UTA: University of Tampere)
+ 2 AuthorsClas-Håkan Nygård28
Estimated H-index: 28
(UTA: University of Tampere)
Purpose Musculoskeletal pain at multiple sites is common among working-age people and greatly increases work disability risk. Little is known of the work-related physical and psychosocial factors contributing to multi-site pain.
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Published on Mar 1, 2013in AAOHN Journal
Grace Sembajwe12
Estimated H-index: 12
(CUNY: City University of New York),
Torill H. Tveito15
Estimated H-index: 15
(University of Bergen)
+ 6 AuthorsGlorian Sorensen48
Estimated H-index: 48
(Harvard University)
The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between psychosocial factors at work and multi-site musculoskeletal pain among patient care workers. In a survey of 1,572 workers from two hospitals, occupational psychosocial factors and health outcomes of workers with single and multi-site pain were evaluated using items from the Job Content Questionnaire that was designed to measure psychological demands, decision latitude, and social support. An adapted Nordic Questionnaire provided data o...
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Published on Mar 1, 2013in European Journal of Pain 3.19
Subas Neupane16
Estimated H-index: 16
(RMIT: RMIT University),
Pekka Virtanen29
Estimated H-index: 29
(RMIT: RMIT University)
+ 3 AuthorsClas-Håkan Nygård28
Estimated H-index: 28
(RMIT: RMIT University)
Background We investigated the separate and joint effects of multi-site musculoskeletal pain and physical and psychosocial exposures at work on future work ability. Methods A survey was conducted among employees of a Finnish food industry company in 2005 (n = 1201) and a follow-up survey in 2009 (n = 734). Information on self-assessed work ability (current work ability on a scale from 0 to 10; 7 = poor work ability), multi-site musculoskeletal pain (pain in at least two anatomical areas of four)...
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Published on Feb 1, 2013in Pain 6.03
Eija Haukka12
Estimated H-index: 12
(Finnish Institute of Occupational Health),
Leena Kaila-Kangas17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Finnish Institute of Occupational Health)
+ 5 AuthorsPäivi Leino-Arjas41
Estimated H-index: 41
(Finnish Institute of Occupational Health)
Abstract We studied the number of musculoskeletal pain sites as a predictor of sickness absence during a 7-year follow-up among a nationally representative sample (the Health 2000 survey) of occupationally active Finns 30 to 55 years of age (3420 subjects who did not retire or die during the follow-up). Baseline data (questionnaire, interview, clinical examination by a physician) were gathered in 2000 to 2001 and linked with information from national registers on annual compensated sickness abse...
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Published on Jan 1, 2013in Industrial Health 1.32
Yu Shanfa1
Estimated H-index: 1
(NIOSH: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health),
Akinori Nakata26
Estimated H-index: 26
(NIOSH: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
+ 4 AuthorsSheng Wang3
Estimated H-index: 3
(PKU: Peking University)
The purpose of this study was to examine the association between psychosocial job stress (by the Job Control-Demand (JCD) model and Effort-Reward imbalance (ERI) model) and muscu- loskeletal (MS) symptoms among workers in China. Overall, 3,632 male and 1,706 female workers from 13 factories/companies participated in this study. Perceived job stress was evaluated by the Chinese version of the Job Content Questionnaire (JCQ) and ERI Questionnaire. Neck, shoulder and wrist symptoms were assessed by...
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Published on Nov 1, 2012in Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health 3.49
Lars L. Andersen38
Estimated H-index: 38
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Thomas Clausen6
Estimated H-index: 6
+ 1 AuthorsAndreas Holtermann31
Estimated H-index: 31
Objective An imbalance between physical work demands and physical capacity of the worker may be a risk factor for poor health. Perceived physical exertion provides information about the individual perception of the work demands relative to the capacity to perform the work. This study estimates the risk for long-term sickness absence (LTSA) from perceived physical exertion among healthcare workers. Methods This prospective cohort study comprises 8592 Danish healthcare workers who responded to a b...
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Published on Jul 1, 2012in Occupational and Environmental Medicine 3.56
Eija Haukka12
Estimated H-index: 12
,
Anneli Ojajärvi18
Estimated H-index: 18
+ 2 AuthorsPäivi Leino-Arjas41
Estimated H-index: 41
Objectives The aim of this prospective study was to examine the role of physical workload, leisure-time physical activity, obesity and smoking in predicting the occurrence and course of multisite musculoskeletal pain (MSP). Methods Data on physical and psychosocial workload, lifestyle factors and MSP were based on questionnaire surveys of 385 Finnish female kitchen workers. MSP (defined as pain at three or more of seven sites) during the past 3 months was measured repeatedly at 3-month intervals...
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Published on Jul 1, 2017in Occupational and Environmental Medicine 3.56
Subas Neupane16
Estimated H-index: 16
(RMIT: RMIT University),
Päivi Leino-Arjas41
Estimated H-index: 41
(Finnish Institute of Occupational Health)
+ 2 AuthorsPekka Virtanen29
Estimated H-index: 29
(RMIT: RMIT University)
Objective To investigate the developmental pathways of multisite musculoskeletal pain (MSP) and the effect of physical and psychosocial working conditions on the development of MSP trajectories. Methods The study was conducted among food industry workers (N=868) using a longitudinal design. Surveys were conducted every 2 years from 2003 to 2009. The questionnaire covered MSP, physical and psychosocial working conditions (physical strain, environmental factors, repetitive movements, awkward postu...
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