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Physical and psychosocial work related risk factors associated with musculoskeletal symptoms among home care personnel
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1998 (English)In: Scandinavian journal of caring sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, Vol. 12, no 2, 104-110 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this cross-sectional study was to investigate physical and psychosocial aspects of the work environment, sociodemographic data and certain lifestyle factors, and the relationship between these variables and complaints in the shoulder/neck and low back area among female home care personnel. A questionnaire was completed by 361 randomly selected women. Multiple logistic regression analyses were conducted to evaluate the importance of several exposure factors for complaints in the shoulder/neck and low back areas. The results of this study clearly indicate that 'standing in forward-bent and twisted postures' can be viewed as a risk factor for shoulder/neck pain. A combination of this physical exposure and 'no possibility of influencing the planning of work' gave an increase in odds ratio, indicating an interaction between these two exposure indices. However, this interaction was not found for low back pain. 'Standing in forward-bent and twisted postures', 'standing in awkward positions' and whether the subject had children staying at home were significantly correlated to complaints about the low back. In fact, the latter factor decreased the risk of having complaints. The results indicated that certain physical and psychosocial work risk factors could influence shoulder/neck and low back pain.

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1998. Vol. 12, no 2, 104-110 p.
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stress
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-2629PubMedID: 9801631Local ID: 3173OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-2629DiVA: diva2:27661
Available from: 2008-09-30 Created: 2008-09-30Bibliographically approved

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