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Prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms among agricultural workers in the United States: an analysis of the National Health Interview Survey, 2004-2008.
Lee S-J; Tak S; Alterman T; Calvert GM
J Agromed 2014 Jul; 19(3):268-280
Ergonomic risks from agricultural tasks can compromise musculoskeletal health of workers. This study estimated prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms in a sample representing almost 2 million US agricultural industry workers. This study used National Health Interview Survey data from 2004 to 2008. Weighted prevalence was calculated by demographic and employment factors. Prevalence ratios were calculated using generalized linear models with the Poisson distribution assumption. Prevalence rates of low back and neck pain in the previous 3 months were 24.3% and 10.5%, respectively, among agricultural workers. Monthly prevalence of joint pain was 17.0% for hips/knees, 9.8% for shoulders, 9.5% for wrists/hands, 5.4% for elbows, and 4.7% for ankles/toes. Agricultural workers had a significantly higher prevalence of shoulder pain than all other industry workers (prevalence ratios [PR] = 1.28, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.02-1.61). This study provides detailed national estimates of musculoskeletal symptom prevalence to understand the burden and the need for intervention among agricultural workers.
Humans; Men; Women; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Agriculture; Agricultural-industry; Workers; Work-environment; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Demographic-characteristics; Statistical-analysis; Surveillance-programs; Author Keywords: Agriculture; joint pain; low back pain; musculoskeletal symptoms; national survey
Soo-Jeong Lee, RN, ANP, PhD, Department of Community Health Systems, School of Nursing, University of California San Francisco, 2 Koret Way, Suite N505, San Francisco, CA 94143-0608
Issue of Publication
Journal of Agromedicine
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division