To test the hypothesis that reports of back pain in a working population are associated with parenthood.
Methods-A questionnaire survey of back pain in municipal fire fighters and police officers in a municipality in Ontario, Canada.
The questionnaire was distributed to current employees of fire and police departments.
The survey was completed by 129 fire fighters (68% of the active force) and 346 police officers (74% of the force).
36% of the respondents complained of a back problem.
The prevalence increased from 13% among men aged 19 to 28 to 47% among men aged 49 to 59.
The complaint was more common among firefighters (42%) than among police officers (33%). In a logistic regression analysis, back problems were significantly associated with the duration of employment, cigarette smoking, and the number of children.
Conclusion-Back pain is a multifactorial problem with significant impact on the working population.
This survey has found that parenthood, a risk factor not previously described among men, is associated with self reported back pain.
The mechanism presumably involves lifting of children or recreational factors.
Fatherhood seems to be a confounder that should be controlled for in studies of occupational causes of back pain.
Mots-clés Pascal : Lombalgie, Homme, Père, Epidémiologie, Exposition professionnelle, Policier, Pompier, Médecine travail, Méthodologie, Douleur, Rachis lombaire, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Rachis pathologie, Rachialgie, Facteur confusion
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Low back pain, Human, Father, Epidemiology, Occupational exposure, Policeman, Firefighter, Occupational medicine, Methodology, Pain, Lumbar spine, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Spine disease, Rachialgia
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0118504
Code Inist : 002B15F. Création : 09/06/1995.