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Document ID (ISN)103367
CIS number 04-362
ISSN - Serial title 1232-1966 - AAEM - Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Holmberg S., Thelin A., Stiernstr÷m E.L., Svńrdsudd K.
Title The impact of physical work exposure on musculoskeletal symptoms among farmers and rural non-farmers: A population-based study
Bibliographic information 2003, Vol.10, No.2, p.179-184. 36 ref.
Internet access http://www.aaem.pl/pdf/10179.pdf [in English]
04-0362.pdf [in English]
Abstract In order to evaluate the impact of physical work exposure on self-reports of musculoskeletal symptoms among Swedish farmers and controls, a cross-sectional, population-based cohort study was carried out. 1331 male farmers and 1130 matched non-farmers were invited to take part a survey in which 76% participated. The analyses were based on 657 matched pairs. Information on the lifetime incidence of musculoskeletal symptoms, work exposure, physical workload and leisure-time physical activity was collected by means of questionnaires and structured interviews. Physical work capacity and muscle strength were measured. It was found that farmers had a significant excess rate of low back and hip symptoms when compared with the controls, and a significantly lower rate of neck and shoulder problems.
Descriptors (primary) Sweden; physical workload; agriculture; risk factors; musculoskeletal diseases
Descriptors (secondary) male workers; symptoms; muscular strength; lumbar column; frequency rates; backache; questionnaire survey; cohort study; cross-sectional study; cervicobrachial syndrome
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSweden
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Agriculture
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system