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Document ID (ISN)101367
CIS number 03-206
ISSN - Serial title 1250-3274 - Archives des maladies professionnelles et de médecine du travail
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Berquez-Doise C., Leroyer A., Frimat P., Werhly S.
Title Prevalence and risk factors of low back pain among postal delivery workers
Original title Prévalence et facteurs de risque de lombalgies chez les préposés à la distribution de La Poste [in French]
Bibliographic information Sep. 2002, Vol.63, No.5, p.364-373. 29 ref.
Abstract To assess backache prevalence among postal delivery workers in France and to identify occupational and non-occupational risk factors, a cross-sectional epidemiological survey was carried out between Oct. 1999 and March 2000, involving all of the 393 postal delivery workers (114 women and 279 men) having been subjected to a medical examination by an occupational physician at the French Post Office. Their mean age was 44.3 years (range: 23-63 years). The prevalence of low back pain was 46.3% (182 subjects), 51.8% among women and 44.1% among men. Logistic regression analysis highlighted different risk factors for men and women, apart from a history of spinal disorders common to both sexes. Risk factors for women included having children, sleep disorders and stress at work, while for men, they included an age of 45 or more, stress at work and letter delivery in a mixed rural and urban area compared with a purely urban area. No clear differences were found in the prevalence of low back pain according to how the rounds were made (on motorcycle, by automobile, by bicycle or on foot).
Descriptors (primary) occupational diseases; lumbar column; risk factors; deliverymen; postal services; backache
Descriptors (secondary) France; anamnesis; sleep deprivation; frequency rates; stress factors; sex-linked differences; statistical evaluation; cross-sectional study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Road transportation
Communications industry