Low-back complaints and other complaints as a reason for sick listing: a comparative study regarding work-related factors, socio-demographic factors, leisure-time, social support and perceived health
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The aim of this study was to investigate in what way people on sick leave due to low-back troubles distinguish as a group from other individuals on sick leave. The population in this study consisted of all individuals 20-64 years of age, who in 1991 belonged to a local health insurance office in northern Sweden. All individuals, born on day 5, 15 and 25, who had been on sick leave due to low-back (LB) complaints (low-back group) and a random sample of individuals, who had been on sick leave due to other kinds of complaints (reference group) constituted the study sample. Information was collected from their sickness records and from a questionnaire sent to each individual comprising questions about education, working environment, perceived health, social support, leisure time activities and smoking habits. There were no differences found regarding the sex of the individuals, leisure time activities or social support between the two studied groups. In the multivariate logistic regression analysis the result revealed that the LB group had longer sick leave periods, more spells and was to greater extent blue-collar workers.
This may indicate differences in the working situation between the groups, which in turn may aggravate LB problems leading to longer sick leave or more spells.
Low-back complaints, sickness absence, education, occupation, work environment, social support, health
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-37113OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-37113DiVA: diva2:357925