Further Trends in Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders

A Comparison of Risk Factors for Symptoms Using Quality of Work Life Data From the 2002, 2006, and 2010 General Social Survey
Objective: To report trends for the risk of musculoskeletal disorders.
Methods: Three Quality of Work Life surveys examine the risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders.
Results: Findings similar for several risk factors, but differences across the reporting years may reflect economic conditions. Respondent numbers in 2010 were reduced, some risk factors had pattern changes, and there were sex and age differences. Trend analysis showed most significant changes were for the “work fast” risk factor. New 2010 “physical effort” item showed sex differences, and items reflective of total worker health showed strong associations with “back pain” and “pain in arms.”
Conclusions: Intervention strategies should focus on physical exposures and psychosocial risk factors (work stress, safety climate, job satisfaction, supervisor support, work fast, work freedom, work time) that have been consistently related to reports of musculoskeletal disorders. Economic conditions will influence some psychosocial risk factors.

Source: ***, Robert B.; Lowe, Brian D.; Lu, Ming-Lun; Krieg, Edward F. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Médicine, August 2015, Volume 57, Issue 8, p. 910-928.

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