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Document ID (ISN)110973
CIS number 10-0487
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Janwantanakul P., Pensri P., Jiamjarasrangsi W., Sinsongsook T.
Title The relationship between upper extremity musculoskeletal symptoms attributed to work and risk factors in office workers
Bibliographic information Mar. 2010, Vol.83, No.3, p.273-281. 42 ref.
Abstract The aim of this study was to examine the effects of individual, work-related physical and psychosocial factors on the prevalence of shoulder, elbow and wrist/hand symptoms attributed to work in office workers. A self-administered questionnaire was delivered to 2,000 office workers in 54 workplaces in Bangkok, Thailand. A total of 1,428 workers (71%) returned the questionnaire. Alcohol consumption, frequency of working in an uncomfortable posture and relationships with colleagues were each significantly related to the prevalence of experiencing shoulder symptoms. Frequency of working in the position that hands were above the shoulder level and self-rated perception of air circulation in the office were significantly associated with the prevalence of experiencing wrist/hand symptoms. However no significant associations were found between the investigated factors and the prevalence of experiencing elbow symptoms.
Descriptors (primary) office work; upper extremity disorders; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) Thailand; alcoholism; work posture; psychology of work organization; human relations; subjective assessment; questionnaire survey; frequency rates
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Office work