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What Are the Key Workplace Influences on Pathways of Work Ability? A Six-Year Follow Up

Published on Jul 3, 2019in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2.47
· DOI :10.3390/ijerph16132363
Jodi Oakman9
Estimated H-index: 9
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Subas Neupane16
Estimated H-index: 16
+ 1 AuthorsClas-Håkan Nygård28
Estimated H-index: 28
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Objective: To study the trajectories of work ability and investigate the impact of multisite pain and working conditions on pathways of work ability over a six-year period. Methods: The longitudinal study was conducted with Finnish food industry workers (n = 866) with data collected every 2 years from 2003–2009. Questions covered musculoskeletal pain, physical and psychosocial working conditions (physical strain, repetitive movements, awkward postures; mental strain, team support, leadership, possibility to influence) and work ability. Latent class growth analysis and logistic regression were used to analyse the impact of multisite pain and working conditions on work ability trajectories (pathways). Results: Three trajectories of work ability emerged: decreasing (5%), increasing (5%), and good (90%). In the former two trajectories, the mean score of work ability changed from good to poor and poor to good during follow-up, while in the latter, individuals maintained good work ability during the follow-up. In the multivariable adjusted model, number of pain sites was significantly associated with higher odds of belonging to the trajectory of poor work ability (Odds ratio (OR) 4 pain sites 2.96, 1.25–7.03). Conclusions: A substantial number of employees maintained good work ability across the follow up. However, for employees with poor work ability, multisite musculoskeletal pain has an important influence, with effective prevention strategies required to reduce its prevalence.
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Published on Feb 1, 2019in Applied Ergonomics 2.61
Jodi Oakman9
Estimated H-index: 9
(La Trobe University),
Wendy Macdonald23
Estimated H-index: 23
(La Trobe University),
Natasha Kinsman3
Estimated H-index: 3
(La Trobe University)
Abstract Work-related psychosocial hazards have substantial effects on risks of both musculoskeletal and mental health disorders (MSDs, MHDs). Recent Australian research on workplace risk management practices in 19 work organisations found that risks from work-related psychosocial hazards were poorly managed. This study identified factors impeding better management of MSD and MHD risks within those organisations. Method Interviews were conducted with staff from residential aged care and logistic...
Published on Jul 1, 2018in Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 1.59
Michael Boissonneault1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Joop de Beer1
Estimated H-index: 1
Objective: To determine whether older workers who follow different work ability (WA) trajectories tend to follow different retirement pathways. Methods: Nationally representative data on Americans born between 1943 and 1948. Latent class growth modeling to estimate trajectories of work ability between ages 53–54 and 65–66. Multinomial log-linear models to assess the association between WA trajectories and retirement pathways. Results: Three WA trajectories were identified: high (74%), declining ...
Published on Nov 3, 2017in Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health 3.49
Jodi Oakman9
Estimated H-index: 9
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Subas Neupane16
Estimated H-index: 16
+ 2 AuthorsClas-Håkan Nygård1
Estimated H-index: 1
Objective Extended working lives due to an ageing population will necessitate the maintenance of work ability across the life course. This systematic review aimed to analyze whether workplace interventions positively impact work ability. Methods We searched Medline, PsycINFO, CINAHL and Embase databases using relevant terms. Work-based interventions were those focused on individuals, the workplace, or multilevel (combination). Work ability – measured using the work ability index (WAI) or the sin...
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...
Published on Jun 1, 2016in Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health 3.49
Jääskeläinen A7
Estimated H-index: 7
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Johanna Kausto10
Estimated H-index: 10
+ 4 AuthorsPäivi Leino-Arjas41
Estimated H-index: 41
Objectives We analyzed the work ability index (WAI) and its first item (work ability score, WAS) – and subsequent four-year changes thereof – as predictors of disability pension (DP). Methods We linked survey responses of 5251 Finnish municipal employees, aged 44–58 years, to pension and death register data until 2009. Job content (physical, mental, or mixed) was based on observation. Baseline (1981) WAI was divided into poor ( 37) and WAS into poor (0–5), moderate (6–7), and good/excellent (8–1...
Published on Dec 1, 2015in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2.00
Wendy Macdonald23
Estimated H-index: 23
(La Trobe University),
Jodi Oakman9
Estimated H-index: 9
(La Trobe University)
Exposures to occupational hazards substantially increase workers’ risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and can exacerbate pre-existing disorders. The effects on MSD risk of the physical requirements of work performance are well recognised, but there is now ample evidence that work-related psychosocial hazards can also have substantial effects; further, some hazards may be additive or interactive. This evidence is not reflected in current workplace risk management practices. Barrie...
Tine Gjedde Sommer2
Estimated H-index: 2
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Poul Frost19
Estimated H-index: 19
(Aarhus University Hospital),
Susanne Wulff Svendsen16
Estimated H-index: 16
Purpose Pain in more than one site is common in working populations. We aimed to characterise combined pain (pain in the upper and lower body) and to evaluate whether the prevalence of combined pain is positively related to combined occupational mechanical exposures to the upper and lower body and to high psychosocial job strain.
Published on Aug 3, 2015in Ergonomics 2.18
Ville Ilmarinen1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UH: University of Helsinki),
J. Ilmarinen10
Estimated H-index: 10
(University of Eastern Finland)
+ 2 AuthorsOve Näsman2
Estimated H-index: 2
For identification of groups and domains for work ability promotion, brief self-report measure, work ability – personal radar (WA-PR), based on the ‘the house of work ability’ model is presented and psychometrically evaluated in the structural equation framework using data from technological sector (N = 3754). The house model had acceptable fit to the data. In addition, factor loadings in the model were invariant across groups, demonstrating metric invariance of the WA-PR. Scalar invariance of W...
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.
Published on Dec 10, 2014in PLOS ONE 2.78
Svein Barene6
Estimated H-index: 6
(UCPH: University of Copenhagen),
Peter Krustrup58
Estimated H-index: 58
(University of Exeter),
Andreas Holtermann31
Estimated H-index: 31
Objectives: This 40-week workplace physical training RCT investigated the effect of soccer and Zumba, respectively, on muscle pain intensity and duration, work ability, and rating of perceived exertion (RPE) during work among female hospital employees.
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