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Psychosocial work factors and musculoskeletal pain: a cross-sectional study among Swedish flight baggage handlers
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9612-3766
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1443-6211
Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: BioMed Research International, ISSN 2314-6133, E-ISSN 2314-6141, Vol. 2015, 798042Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective. Flight baggage handlers sort and load luggage to airplanes. This study aimed at investigating associations between psychosocial exposures and low back and shoulder musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) among Swedish flight baggage handlers.

Methods. A questionnaire addressing MSDs (Standardized Nordic Questionnaire) and psychosocial factors (Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire, COPSOQ) was answered by 525 baggage handlers in six Swedish airports.

Results. Low back (LBP) and shoulder pain (SP) was reported by 70% and 60%, respectively. Pain was reported to interfere with work (PIW) by 30% (low back) and 18% (shoulders), and intense pain (PINT) occurred in 34% and 28% of the population. Quality of leadership was the most dissatisfying psychosocial factor, while the most positive was social community at work. Low ratings in the combined domain Work organization and job content were significantly associated with PIW in both low back and shoulders (Adjusted Hazard Ratios 3.65 (95% CI 1.67-7.99) and 2.68 (1.09-6.61)) while lower ratings in the domain Interpersonal relations and leadership were associated with PIW LBP (HR 2.18 (1.06-4.49)) and PINT LBP and SP (HRs 1.95 (1.05-3.65) and 2.11 (1.08-4.12)).

Conclusion. Severity of pain among flight baggage handlers was associated with psychosocial factors at work, suggesting that they may be a relevant target for intervention in this occupation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 2015, 798042
Keyword [en]
musculoskeletal disorders, epidemiology, low back pain, shoulder pain, work organisation, interpersonal relationships
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Environmental Health and Occupational Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-16578DOI: 10.1155/2015/798042ISI: 000364083100001PubMedID: 26558282Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84947080989OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-16578DiVA: diva2:714309
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AFA Insurance, 2010/358Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2009-1761
Available from: 2014-04-26 Created: 2014-04-26 Last updated: 2016-06-28Bibliographically approved

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