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Document ID (ISN)102912
CIS number 03-1937
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) AriŰns G.A.M., Bongers P.M., Hoogendoorn W.E., van der Wal G., van Mechelen W.
Title High physical and psychosocial load at work and sickness absence due to neck pain
Bibliographic information Aug. 2002, Vol.28, No.4, p.222-231. 35 ref.
Abstract A prospective cohort study with a follow-up period of three years was performed among a working population in the Netherlands. At the beginning of the study, physical load at work was quantified by means of video recordings. Work-related psychosocial variables were measured by means of the Job Content Questionnaire. The frequency of sickness absence due to neck pain with a minimal duration of three days was assessed on the basis of company registrations during the follow-up period. Altogether 758 workers were included in the analyses. Possible confounding by individual characteristics, physical load, and psychosocial load was studied. Work-related neck flexion, neck rotation, low decision authority, and medium skill level are risk factors for sickness absence due to neck pain. There are indications that high job demands, low skill level, and low job security are also risk factors for sickness absence due to neck pain.
Descriptors (primary) sickness absenteeism; physical workload; risk factors; neck disorders; mental workload
Descriptors (secondary) Netherlands; individual variables; musculoskeletal diseases; long-term study; questionnaire survey; cohort study; measurement of physical workload; psychology and sociology
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNetherlands
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Mental workload
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system