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Document ID (ISN)111714
CIS number 11-0348
ISSN - Serial title 1059-924X - Journal of Agromedicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Nonnenmann M.W., Hussain A., Shirley M., Shepherd S., Gilmore K., Levin J.L.
Title Risk factors for musculoskeletal symptoms among crawfish farmers in Louisiana - A pilot study
Bibliographic information Oct.-Dec. 2010, Vol.15, No.4, p.386-393. 18 ref.
Abstract The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms (MSS) among crawfish farmers and to examine associations between MSS and crawfish farm work activities. Questionnaires were mailed to randomly-selected crawfish farmers in the State of Louisiana, USA. Site-specific MSS, demographics, and crawfish farm work information was obtained from the previous six months. Odds ratios (ORs) were estimated with logistic regression adjusting for potential confounders. Among the 184 participants, shoulder MSS were reported most frequently (62%). Wrist/hand and low back MSS were significantly associated with tractor use (OR 2.89 and OR 2.41, respectively). Also, upper back MSS were associated with the number of years working on a crawfish farm (OR 3.07). Shoulder and low back MSS were common. Tractor use may increase the risk of wrist/hand and low back MSS. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) Louisiana; Crustacea; musculoskeletal diseases; fish farming; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) USA; tractors; length of service; questionnaire survey; statistical evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Fishing