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Psychosocial stress and multi-site musculoskeletal pain: a cross-sectional survey of patient care workers.
Sembajwe G; Tveito TH; Hopcia K; Kenwood C; O'Day ET; Stoddard AM; Dennerlein JT; Hashimoto D; Sorensen G
Workplace Health Saf 2013 Mar; 61(3):117-125
The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between psychosocial factors at work and multi-site musculoskeletal pain among patient care workers. In a survey of 1,572 workers from two hospitals, occupational psychosocial factors and health outcomes of workers with single and multi-site pain were evaluated using items from the Job Content Questionnaire that was designed to measure psychological demands, decision latitude, and social support. An adapted Nordic Questionnaire provided data on the musculoskeletal pain outcome. Covariates included body mass index, age, gender, and occupation. The analyses revealed statistically significant associations between psychosocial demands and multi-site musculoskeletal pain among patient care associates, nurses, and administrative personnel, both men and women. Supervisor support played a significant role for nurses and women. These results remained statistically significant after adjusting for covariates. These results highlight the associations between workplace psychosocial strain and multi-site musculoskeletal pain, setting the stage for future longitudinal explorations.
Total-Worker-Health; Health-care-personnel; Medical-personnel; Humans; Men; Women; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Sociological-factors; Health-surveys; Psychological-factors; Pain-tolerance; Questionnaires; Job-analysis; Decision-making; Occupations; Body-weight; Administration; Nurses; Nursing; Supervisory-personnel; Health-care; Age-factors
Grace Sembajwe, ScD, MSc, Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, 2180 Third Avenue, Room 527, New York, NY 10035
Issue of Publication
Workplace Health & Safety
MA; NY; IL
Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
Page last reviewed: November 13, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division