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Document ID (ISN)62311
CIS number 94-909
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1993
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Andersen J.H., Gaardboe O.
Title Prevalence of persistent neck and upper limb pain in a historical cohort of sewing machine operators
Bibliographic information Dec. 1993, Vol.24, No.6, p.677-687. 13 ref.
Abstract 424 sewing machine operators from a historical cohort of garment industry workers answered questionnaires concerning musculoskeletal symptoms and job exposure. They were compared with 781 women from the general population of the region and an internal control group of 89 women from the garment industry. The risk for persistent neck and shoulder complaints increased with years of being a sewing machine operator: (up to 7 years, 8-15 years, and more than 15 years: prevalence proportion ratio 1.8, 3.5 and 4.4 [neck] and 1.5, 4 and 6.8 [shoulder] compared with the controls [n=781]). The exposure-response relationships remained when adjusted for potential confounders, of which age, current shoulder-neck exposure, and child bearing were the most contributing. The study revealed that work for more than eight years as a sewing machine operator probably has a cumulative deleterious effect on the neck and shoulders.
Descriptors (primary) morbidity; occupation disease relation; clothing industry; musculoskeletal diseases; women; sewing
Descriptors (secondary) occupational diseases; symptoms; neck disorders; upper extremity disorders; case-control study; long-term study; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceDenmark
Subject(s) Textile and clothing industries
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Clothing and finished textile products industry
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system