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Musculoskeletal disorders in hotel restaurant workers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14963256     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: A variety of occupational groups have been shown to experience elevated risks of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD). Little information on WMSD is available in hotel restaurant workers. OBJECTIVE: To document the profile of WMSD in a sample of hotel restaurant workers in Taiwan. METHODS: A self-administered questionnaire was used to gather information regarding body site specific WMSD, pain intensity and strategies for pain relief amongst a sample of hotel restaurant workers. RESULTS: Among 905 restaurant workers, 785 (84%) reported experience of WMSD in the previous month, with the highest prevalence rate found for the shoulder (58%). The highest mean score for perceived pain intensity was found for the lower back/waist (2.50 points). Despite a high prevalence rate, only a small portion of those reporting WMSD (12%) considered their work capacity or activities of daily living to be affected by WMSD, and only <5% of workers with WMSD sought medical treatment. CONCLUSION: WMSD related pain is common among hotel restaurant workers in Taiwan, but it does not appear to interfere with job performance or daily living. Self-treatment and alternative therapies that have not been evaluated for effectiveness are commonly employed by hotel restaurant workers.
Jong-Yu Adol Chyuan; Chung-Li Du; Wen-Yu Yeh; Chung-Yi Li
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Occupational medicine (Oxford, England)     Volume:  54     ISSN:  0962-7480     ISO Abbreviation:  Occup Med (Lond)     Publication Date:  2004 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-02-13     Completed Date:  2004-05-06     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9205857     Medline TA:  Occup Med (Lond)     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  55-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management, College of Human Ecology, Fu-Jen Catholic University, Hsinchuang, Taipei Hsien, Taiwan.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living
Low Back Pain / etiology,  therapy
Musculoskeletal Diseases / etiology*
Occupational Diseases / etiology*
Shoulder Pain / etiology*,  therapy
Work Capacity Evaluation

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