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Document ID (ISN)66669
CIS number 96-608
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1995
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Guo H.R., Tanaka S., Cameron L.L., Seligman P.J., Behrens V.J., Ger J., Wild D.K., Putz-Anderson V.
Title Back pain among workers in the United States: National estimates and workers at high risk
Bibliographic information Nov. 1995, Vol.28, No.5, p.591-602. 34 ref.
Abstract Data from the Occupational Health Supplement to the 1988 National Health Interview Survey were analyzed. To derive national estimates, a weighting factor was applied to the data available for 30,074 respondents. In 1988, about 22.4 million back pain cases were responsible for 149.1 million lost workdays; 65% of cases were attributable to occupational activities. Among males, the risk was highest for construction labourers (prevalence 22.6%), and among females, for nursing aides (18.8%). Back pain is a major cause of morbidity and lost production for U.S. workers. Previously unrecognized high risk occupations include carpenters, automobile mechanics, maids, janitors and hairdressers.
Descriptors (primary) USA; backache; statistics
Descriptors (secondary) construction work; carpentry; questionnaire survey; nursing personnel; frequency rates; hairdressing; age-linked differences; sex-linked differences; domestic service
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Domestic workers
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system