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Chronic back pain among older construction workers in the United States: a longitudinal study.

Authors
Dong-XS; Wang-X; Fujimoto-A; Dobbin-R
Source
Int J Occup Environ Health 2012 Apr-Jun; 18(2):99-109
NIOSHTIC No.
20041209
Abstract
This study assessed chronic back pain among older construction workers in the United States by analyzing data from the 1992-2008 Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a large-scale longitudinal survey. Fixed effects methods were applied in the multiple logistic regression model to explore the association between back pain and time-varying factors (e.g., employment, job characteristics, general health status) while controlling for stable variables (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity). Results showed that about 40% of older construction workers over the age of 50 suffered from persistent back pain or problems. Jobs involving a great deal of stress or physical effort significantly increased the risk of back disorders and longest-held jobs in construction increased the odds of back disorders by 32% (95% CI: 1.04-1.67). Furthermore, poor physical and mental health were strongly correlated with back problems. Enhanced interventions for construction workers are urgently needed given the aging workforce and high prevalence of back disorders in this industry.
Keywords
Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Back-injuries; Age-factors; Long-term-study; Job-stress; Worker-health; Work-capability; Physical-stress; Physical-capacity; Mathematical-models; Physical-fitness; Mental-health; Author Keywords: Job stress; Physical effort; Perceived physical health; Mental health; Longitudinal study; Fixed-effects
Contact
X. S. Dong, CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training, 8484 Georgia Avenue, Suite 1000, Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA
CODEN
IOEHFU
Publication Date
20120401
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
S.Dong@cpwr.com
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-009762; B08142012
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
1077-3525
Priority Area
Construction
Source Name
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
State
MD
Performing Organization
CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training, Silver Spring, Maryland
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