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Document ID (ISN)111903
CIS number 11-0510
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Osborne A., Blake C., McNamara J., Meredith D., Phelan J., Cunningham C.
Title Musculoskeletal disorders among Irish farmers
Bibliographic information 2010, Vol.60, p.598-603. 30 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to establish the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), identify the most commonly affected body regions and to explore what factors may influence the development of the most common MSDs among farmers in Ireland. A questionnaire survey of 600 Irish farmers was conducted. Of the 600 farmers, 56% had experienced a MSD in the previous year. The most commonly-experienced MSDs were back pain (37%) and neck/shoulder pain (25%). Other MSDs experienced in the previous year included knee pain (9%), hand-wrist-elbow pain (9%), ankle/foot pain (9%) and hip pain (8%). Overall, MSDs were more common in farmers working longer hours. Back pain was more prevalent in full-time farmers, while prevalence of hip pain was greater in farmers who were older, full time, farming for longer and working for longer hours.
Descriptors (primary) Ireland; musculoskeletal diseases; agriculture; risk factors; frequency rates
Descriptors (secondary) hours of work; cervicobrachial syndrome; backache; location of injury; questionnaire survey; age-linked differences
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system