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Document ID (ISN)107096
CIS number 07-1224
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Koehoorn M., Demers P.A., Hertzman C., Village J., Kennedy S.M.
Title Work organization and musculoskeletal injuries among a cohort of health care workers
Bibliographic information Aug. 2006, Vol.32, No.4, p.285-293. 34 ref.
Abstract This study investigated the relationship between work-organization factors (job control, job demands and workload) and the risk of lower-body musculoskeletal injury among health care workers. A four-year, retrospective cohort study of 3769 heath care workers was carried out at a hospital in the Canadian province of British Columbia. A job-exposure matrix was constructed for the work-organization factors from survey and administrative data. Musculoskeletal injuries resulting in workers' compensation claims were ascertained from the injury database of the hospital's occupational health and safety department. Data were subjected to statistical analyses. Results indicate that work-organization characteristics (job control and workload) were associated with an increased risk of musculoskeletal injuries resulting in a compensation claim. These associations remained after the effects of demographic and biomechanical factors were taken into consideration.
Descriptors (primary) British Columbia; health care personnel; musculoskeletal diseases; work organization
Descriptors (secondary) Canada; psychology of work organization; backache; job-exposure relation; cohort study; long-term study; hospitals; lower extremity disorders
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system