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Multi-site pain and working conditions as predictors of work ability in a 4-year follow-up among food industry employees.
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PMID:  22865480     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: We investigated the separate and joint effects of multi-site musculoskeletal pain and physical and psychosocial exposures at work on future work ability. METHODS: A survey was conducted among employees of a Finnish food industry company in 2005 (n = 1201) and a follow-up survey in 2009 (n = 734). Information on self-assessed work ability (current work ability on a scale from 0 to 10; 7 = poor work ability), multi-site musculoskeletal pain (pain in at least two anatomical areas of four), leisure-time physical activity, body mass index and physical and psychosocial exposures was obtained by questionnaire. The separate and joint effects of multi-site pain and work exposures on work ability at follow-up, among subjects with good work ability at baseline, were assessed by logistic regression, and p-values for the interaction derived. RESULTS: Compared with subjects with neither multi-site pain nor adverse work exposure, multi-site pain at baseline increased the risk of poor work ability at follow-up, allowing for age, gender, occupational class, body mass index and leisure-time physical activity. The separate effects of the work exposures on work ability were somewhat smaller than those of multi-site pain. Multi-site pain had an interactive effect with work environment and awkward postures, such that no association of multi-site pain with poor work ability was seen when work environment was poor or awkward postures present. CONCLUSIONS: The decline in work ability connected with multi-site pain was not increased by exposure to adverse physical or psychosocial factors at work.
S Neupane; P Virtanen; P Leino-Arjas; H Miranda; A Siukola; C-H Nygård
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-8-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of pain (London, England)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-2149     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Pain     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-8-6     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9801774     Medline TA:  Eur J Pain     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 European Federation of International Association for the Study of Pain Chapters.
School of Health Sciences, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland; Gerontology Research Center, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland.
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