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Document ID (ISN)102017
CIS number 03-1443
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Korhonen T., Ketola R., Toivonen R., Luukkonen R., Häkkänen M., Viikari-Juntura E.
Title Work related and individual predictors for incident neck pain among office employees working with video display units
Bibliographic information July 2003, Vol.60, No.7, p.475-482. 55 ref.
Abstract To investigate work-related and individual factors as predictors for neck pain among office employees working with video display units, 515 persons employed in the municipal administration of a medium-sized city in Finland received mailed questionnaires in 1998 and in 1999. Response rate for the first questionnaire was 81%. The follow-up questionnaire was completed by 78%. Neck pain for at least eight days during the preceding 12 months was reported by 34.4% of the participants. It was found that a poor physical work environment and poor placement of the keyboard increased the risk of neck pain. Among the individual factors, female sex and smoking were important predictors of neck pain risk. There was also a relationship between mental stress and physical exercise, persons with higher mental stress and less physical exercise being at a particularly high risk.
Descriptors (primary) computer terminals; office work; risk factors; neck disorders; man-computer interfaces
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; Finland; smoking; state of health; physical fitness; government services; conditions of work; questionnaire survey; mental stress; sex-linked differences; frequency rates; ergonomics
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
New technologies
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Office work
Visual display terminals (VDTs)