|Document ID (ISN)||101367|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1250-3274 - Archives des maladies professionnelles et de médecine du travail
|Convention or series no.
||Berquez-Doise C., Leroyer A., Frimat P., Werhly S.
||Prevalence and risk factors of low back pain among postal delivery workers
||Prévalence et facteurs de risque de lombalgies chez les préposés à la distribution de La Poste [in French]|
||Sep. 2002, Vol.63, No.5, p.364-373. 29 ref.
||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).
||occupational diseases; lumbar column; risk factors; deliverymen; postal services; backache
||France; anamnesis; sleep deprivation; frequency rates; stress factors; sex-linked differences; statistical evaluation; cross-sectional study
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||France|
||Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
||Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
||Diseases of the musculoskeletal system