Interactive effects from self-reported physical and psychosocial factors in the workplace on neck pain and disability in female office workers

Johnston, V., Jull, G., Souvlis, T., & Jimmieson, N.L. (2010) Interactive effects from self-reported physical and psychosocial factors in the workplace on neck pain and disability in female office workers. Ergonomics, 53(4), pp. 502-513.

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Abstract

This study explored the interaction between physical and psychosocial factors in the workplace on neck pain and disability in female computer users. A self-report survey was used to collect data on physical risk factors (monitor location, duration of time spent using the keyboard and mouse) and psychosocial domains (as assessed by the Job Content Questionnaire). The neck disability index was the outcome measure. Interactions among the physical and psychosocial factors were examined in analysis of covariance. High supervisor support, decision authority and skill discretion protect against the negative impact of

(1) time spent on computer-based tasks,

(2) non-optimal placement of the computer monitor, and;

(3) long duration of mouse use.

Office workers with greater neck pain experience a combination of high physical and low psychosocial stressors at work. Prevention and intervention strategies that target both sets of risk factors are likely to be more successful than single intervention programmes.

Statement of Relevance

The results of this study demonstrate that the interaction of physical and psychosocial factors in the workplace has a stronger association with neck pain and disability than the presence of either factor alone. This finding has important implications for strategies aimed at the prevention of musculoskeletal problems in office workers.

Impact and interest:

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ID Code: 71582
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Interaction of risk factors, Neck pain, Office workers, Randomised controlled trial, Risk factors, Musculoskeletal disorders, Upper-limb, Working population, Shoulder disorders, prospective cohort, Computer users, Follow-up, Symptoms
DOI: 10.1080/00140130903490692
ISSN: 0014-0139
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 15 May 2014 23:54
Last Modified: 19 May 2014 00:38

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