Interaction of psychosocial risk factors explain increased neck problems among female office workers

Johnston, Venerina, Jimmieson, Nerina L., Souvlis, Tina, & Jull, Gwendolen (2007) Interaction of psychosocial risk factors explain increased neck problems among female office workers. Pain, 129(3), pp. 311-320.

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This study investigated the relationship between psychosocial risk factors and (1) neck symptoms and (2) neck pain and disability as measured by the neck disability index (NDI). Female office workers employed in local private and public organizations were invited to participate, with 333 completing a questionnaire. Data were collected on various risk factors including age, negative affectivity, history of previous neck trauma, physical work environment, and task demands. Sixty-one percent of the sample reported neck symptoms lasting greater than 8 days in the last 12 months. The mean NDI of the sample was 15.5 out of 100, indicating mild neck pain and disability. In a hierarchical multivariate logistic regression, low supervisor support was the only psychosocial risk factor identified with the presence of neck symptoms. Similarly, low supervisor support was the only factor associated with the score on the NDI. These associations remained after adjustment for potential confounders of age, negative affectivity, and physical risk factors. The interaction of job demands, decision authority, and supervisor support was significantly associated with the NDI in the final model and this association increased when those with previous trauma were excluded. Interestingly, and somewhat contrary to initial expectations, as job demands increased, high decision authority had an increasing effect on the NDI when supervisor support was low.

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ID Code: 71570
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Available online 6 December 2006.
Keywords: Anesthesiology, Clinical Neurology, Neurosciences, psychosocial risk factors, neck disability index, Musculoskeletal Symptoms, Negative Affectivity, Computer Users, Working Population, Prospective Cohort, Health Complaints, Mouse Users, Job Demands, Upper-limb, Pain
DOI: 10.1016/j.pain.2006.10.017
ISSN: 0304-3959
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Pain. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Pain, [VOL 129, ISSUE 3, (2007)] DOI: 10.1016/j.pain.2006.10.017
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Last Modified: 20 May 2014 23:57

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