An instrument to measure musculoskeletal symptoms among immigrant Hispanic farmworkers: validation in the nursery industry.
Faucett-J; Meyers-J; Tejeda-D; Janowitz-I; Miles-J; Kabashima-J
J Agric Saf Health 2001 Aug; 7(3):185-198
We report on the construction and psychometrics of a survey measure of musculoskeletal symptomatology for use with Spanish-speaking immigrant farmworkers. Survey development included focus groups with workers, forward and backward translations, and pilot testing. The final survey includes a body diagram and items about symptom severity, frequency, and duration and about self-treatment, medical care, and job tasks. We report on the initial test of the survey with 213 commercial nursery workers in Southern California. Fifty-five percent of the workers reported pain, with 30% reporting back pain, 21% reporting upper extremity pain, 19% reporting lower extremity pain, and 10% reporting neck and shoulder pain. A composite symptom score exhibited acceptable test-retest reliability (r = 0.41, p < 0.01) over the annual agricultural cycle. Greater symptomatology was associated with greater frequency of self-treatment (r = 0.42, p < 0.01), seeking professional health care (t = 2.49, p < 0.05), and exposure to high-risk jobs (OR = 2.1, p < 0.05, CI = 1.0 to 4.4), supporting the validity of composite score.
Musculoskeletal-system; Diseases; Workplace-monitoring; Agricultural-workers; Medical-care;
Author Keywords: Musculoskeletal disease; Pain measurement; Agricultural worker; Ethnic groups; Mexican American; Literacy
Julia Faucett, Box 0608, Department of Community Health Systems, University of California, San Fransisco, CA 94143
Grant; Cooperative Agreement
Research Tools and Approaches: Intervention Effectiveness Research
Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
University of California - Davis