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Relationships between work-related factors and musculoskeletal health with current and future work ability among male workers
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Radiation Physics.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
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2017 (English)In: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, ISSN 0340-0131, E-ISSN 1432-1246, Vol. 90, no 6, 517-526 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

PURPOSE: The purpose was to increase job-specific knowledge about individual and work-related factors and their relationship with current and future work ability (WA). We studied cross-sectional relationships between mental demands, physical exertion during work, grip strength, musculoskeletal pain in the upper extremities and WA and the relationships between these variables and WA 11 years later.

METHODS: We used a dataset of a prospective cohort study (1997-2008) among employees of an engineering plant (n = 157). The cohort was surveyed by means of tests and written questions on work demands, musculoskeletal health, WA score (WAS; 0-10), and mental and physical WA. Spearman correlation coefficients and logistic regression analysis were used.

RESULTS: Among manual workers, we found weak correlations between grip strength and current and future physical WA. We did not find predictors for future poor WA among the manual workers. Among the office workers, we found that musculoskeletal pain was moderately and negatively related to current WAS and physical WA. More handgrip strength related to better future WAS and physical WA. Musculoskeletal pain (OR 1.67 p < 0.01) and lower handgrip strength (OR 0.91 p < 0.05) predicted future poor WA among office workers.

CONCLUSIONS: Our results showed cross-sectional and longitudinal relationships between musculoskeletal health and work ability depending on occupation. However, the present implies that predicting work ability in the far future based on health surveillance data is rather difficult. Testing the musculoskeletal system (grip strength) and asking workers' about their musculoskeletal health seems relevant when monitoring work ability.

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Springer, 2017. Vol. 90, no 6, 517-526 p.
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Cohort studies, Hand strength, Musculoskeletal disease, Occupational health, Occupations, Work
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Environmental Health and Occupational Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-134004DOI: 10.1007/s00420-017-1216-0ISI: 000405016800006PubMedID: 28343280OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-134004DiVA: diva2:1090678
Available from: 2017-04-25 Created: 2017-04-25 Last updated: 2017-08-03Bibliographically approved

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