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Document ID (ISN)103368
CIS number 04-363
ISSN - Serial title 1232-1966 - AAEM - Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Pinzke S.
Title Changes in working conditions and health among dairy farmers in Southern Sweden: A 14-year follow-up
Bibliographic information 2003, Vol.10, No.2, p.185-195. 34 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract The objective of this study was to analyse the changes in working conditions and health among dairy farmers in southern Sweden in 2002 compared to the findings of an earlier survey carried out in 1988. The method used was a postal questionnaire. 83% of the male and 90% of the female dairy farmers reported some musculoskeletal symptoms during the 12 months prior to the 2002 questionnaire. This is an increase relative to the farmers in 1988. The most significant changes were an increase of symptoms affecting the shoulder, neck wrists and hands. Apart from the need for technical devices to facilitate the milking operation, further research is needed concerning the dairy farmers' well-being and quality of life, perceived stress and leisure time activities, as well as the relationship between these factors and musculoskeletal symptoms. Strategies for preventive and intervention measures need to consider physical workplace factors as well as personal and lifestyle characteristics.
Descriptors (primary) Sweden; state of health; dairy farming; agriculture; conditions of work
Descriptors (secondary) non-occupational factors; musculoskeletal diseases; hand; comparative study; wrist; questionnaire survey; stress factors; cervicobrachial syndrome
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSweden
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Agriculture