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Citation

Bernardes JM, Gómez-Salgado J, Ruiz-Frutos C, Dias A. Safety Sci. 2019; 115: 103-109.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2019, Elsevier Publishing)

DOI

10.1016/j.ssci.2019.01.031

PMID

unavailable

Abstract

We present a hospital-based case-control study, which aimed to address the question: are self-reports of musculoskeletal symptoms associated with the occurrence of work-related accidents? The study was conducted among workers aged 17-59 years and residing in Botucatu, Brazil. Cases were workers who had had work-related accidents that required hospitalization, while controls included non-work-related accidents. Altogether, 80 cases and 125 controls were included. Self-reports of musculoskeletal symptoms were assessed by the Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire. Associations between self-reports of musculoskeletal symptoms and work-related accidents were analyzed with logistic regression models. Our results show that self-reports of musculoskeletal symptoms in the upper limbs and in the vertebral column are associated with the occurrence of work-related accidents. Thus, this case-control study suggests (1) that musculoskeletal symptoms in the upper limbs and in the vertebral column are associated with increased odds of work-related accidents; and (2) that the Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire may be used as a complementary screening tool for identifying workers at risk for work-related accidents.


Language: en

Keywords

Epidemiology; Musculoskeletal pain; Occupational accidents; Occupational health; Risk factors

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