Psychosocial and ergonomic factors, and their relation to musculoskeletal complaints in the Swedish workforce
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, ISSN 1080-3548, Vol. 16, no 3, 311-321 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A random sample of 1 000 subjects (20-65 years old) from the national population of Sweden received a questionnaire; 70% (n = 695) replied, of whom 532 were occupationally active. Female gender, working with neck and/or body bent forward, arms above shoulders, and precision work tasks were predictors of musculoskeletal symptoms. Neck, shoulder, and upper back symptoms were more common in a strained situation at work (high demands, low control) (adjusted odds ratios [adjOR] 2.76, 2.80, and 2.26, respectively). Among females, neck and shoulder symptoms were more common in an iso-strain situation (high demands, low control and low social support) (adjOR 4.43 and 3.69, respectively), and low back symptoms were more common at low social support combined with a passive work situation (adjOR 3.35). No associations were found between iso-strain model and symptoms among males. In conclusion, iso-strain work situation was associated with neck symptoms among females, even when controlling for ergonomic factors.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 16, no 3, 311-321 p.
gender, demands-control, iso-strain, psychosocial work environment, musculoskeletal symptoms, ergonomic factors, national population
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-130944ISI: 000281978300002PubMedID: 20828487OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-130944DiVA: diva2:352201