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Document ID (ISN)105192
CIS number 06-734
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Violante F.S., Graziosi F., Bonfiglioli R., Curti S., Mattioli S.
Title Relations between occupational, psychosocial and individual factors and three different categories of back disorder among supermarket workers
Bibliographic information Sep. 2005, Vol.78, No.8, p.613-624. 39 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract This cross-sectional study on low back pain (LBP) involved 3,702 subjects working in a large Italian supermarket chain. Data regarding the various departments were collected by questionnaires and medical examinations conducted by qualified occupational physicians. The overall 12-month prevalence of LBP was 34.5% (36.6% for women and 30.7% for men), with few differences being found between supermarkets and hypermarkets. Different types of LBP showed significant associations with stress-related psychosomatic symptoms, but not with job satisfaction, which was high overall. These encouraging data provide support for the effectiveness of an active management commitment to ergonomic and job-satisfaction policies which were evident in this supermarket chain.
Descriptors (primary) Italy; supermarkets; backache; ergonomics; conditions of work; psychology of work organization
Descriptors (secondary) symptoms; psychosomatic disorders; questionnaire survey; sex-linked differences; stress factors; risk factors; cross-sectional study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceItaly
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Retail industry
Psychology of work organization
Psychological factors