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Work-related musculoskeletal pain among reindeer herding Sami in Sweden: a pilot study on causes and prevention
University of Gävle, Belastningsskadecentrum.
University of Gävle, Belastningsskadecentrum.
2004 (English)In: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, ISSN 1239-9736, E-ISSN 2242-3982, Vol. 63 Suppl 2, p. 343-348Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective. To investigate the prevalence and to identify causes of musculoskeletal pain (MSP) among reindeer herding Sami, and to evaluate the impact on the MSP symptoms elicited by an intervention-pre- vention programme (lP programme). Study Design. A prospective cohort study in which alterations in MSP symptoms were documented over a two-year period. Methods. Data were collected from 51 rein- deer herders (26 men, 25 w omen) before and af ter a two-year lP programme. Information on MSP cha- racteristics (affected body regions, pain duration and pain intensity) and exposure to a number of phy- sical and psychosocial risk factors were collected as part of comprehensive health examinations. Cli- nical examinations and interviews complemented self-reported data collected through questionnaires. Results. MSP symptoms were prevalent, both among w omen and men. High exposure to physical risk factors, to a large extent related to extensive use of snowmobiles and motorcycles, was the main cau- se of MSP among men, while psychosocial risk factors were suggested to be more important among wo- men. About one-third of the reindeer herders reported fewer MSP symptoms as a resull of the lP programme. Conclusions. This pilot study suggests that it is possible to reduce the number and the se- verity of the MSP symptoms among reindeer herders by implementing suitably tailored intervention- prevention measures.

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2004. Vol. 63 Suppl 2, p. 343-348
Keywords [en]
Animals, Deer, Ethnic Groups statistics & numerical data, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Musculoskeletal Diseases epidemiology etiology prevention & control, Occupational Diseases epidemiology etiology prevention & control, Pain epidemiology etiology prevention & control, Pilot Projects, Prevalence, Risk Factors, Sweden epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-2839PubMedID: 15736681OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-2839DiVA, id: diva2:119501
Available from: 2007-11-28 Created: 2007-11-28 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved

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