Objectives The purpose of this study was to determine the occupational factors that cause workers to take sick leave attributed to low-back pain.
Methods Twice, with a 24-month interval, 117 white-and 189 blue-collar employees from 2 metal industry companies completed a questionnaire on recurrent low-back pain and exposure to potential risk factors (biomechanical loads, physical environment, psychosocial factors) at work.
Sick leave was monitored for the period between the questionnaires.
Results Low-back pain was predicted by exposure to harmful biomechanical loads among both white-and blue-collar workers [odds ratio (OR) 4.1 and 4.7, respectively), stress among white-collar workers (OR 2.4), and draft among blue-collar workers (OR 2.3).
The take-up of sick leave was predicted by exposure to harmful biomechanical loads [rate ratio (RR) 1.7] ; for sick leaves attributed to low-back pain the rate ratio was 3.1. Lack of recognition and respect at work predicted sick leave attributed to low-back pain (RR 2.0), but not sick leave attributed to other disorders.
Conclusions Recurrent low-back pain is preceded by reports of harmful biomechanical loads at work among white-and blue-collar workers, by stress among white-collar workers and by draft among blue-collar workers.
The environmental and psychosocial factors under study did not modify the relation between biomechanical loads and recurrent low-back pain. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Lombalgie, Absentéisme, Epidémiologie, Facteur risque, Milieu professionnel, Industrie métallurgique, Homme, Charge travail, Stress, Condition travail, Nuisance, Finlande, Europe, Médecine travail, Douleur, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Rachis pathologie, Rachialgie, Facteur psychosocial
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Low back pain, Absenteeism, Epidemiology, Risk factor, Occupational environment, Metallurgical industry, Human, Workload, Stress, Working condition, Nuisance, Finland, Europe, Occupational medicine, Pain, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Spine disease, Rachialgia
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0259396
Code Inist : 002B15F. Création : 11/09/1998.