Associations between individual and workplace risk factors for self-reported neck pain and disability among female office workers

Johnston, Venerina, Souvlis, Tina, Jimmieson, Nerina L., & Jull, Gwendolen (2008) Associations between individual and workplace risk factors for self-reported neck pain and disability among female office workers. Applied Ergonomics, 39(2), pp. 171-182.

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A cross-sectional survey of female office workers (n=333) was undertaken to determine the level of neck pain and disability (Neck Disability Index—NDI) and to explore the relationship between individual and workplace risk factors with the NDI score and the presence of pain. Workers reported nil (32%), mild (53%), moderate (14%) and severe (1%) neck pain. There were more risk factors associated with the NDI score than the presence of neck pain. The presence of neck pain was associated with a history of neck trauma (OR: 4.8), using a graduated lens (OR: 4.6), and negative affectivity (OR: 2.7) in the multiple regression model. Factors associated with higher NDI score were using the computer mouse for more than 6 h per day, higher negative affectivity, older age and an uncomfortable workstation. These results suggest that measuring the level of neck pain and disability rather than just the presence of neck pain provides more specific directives for the prevention and management of this disorder.

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ID Code: 71574
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Available online 29 August 2007
Keywords: Neck pain, Risk factors, Office work
DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2007.05.011
ISSN: 0003-6870
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Applied Ergonomics. 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 Applied Ergonomics, [VOL 39, ISSUE 2, (2008)] DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2007.05.011
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