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Document ID (ISN)68712
CIS number 97-497
ISSN - Serial title 0300-5771 - International Journal of Epidemiology
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Punnett L.
Title Adjusting for the healthy worker selection effect in cross-sectional studies
Bibliographic information Oct. 1996, Vol.25, No.5, p.1068-1076. Illus. 24 ref.
Abstract In this cross-sectional study of musculoskeletal disorders, women employed in highly repetitive manual work (garment assembly) were found to have approximately double the risk observed in a population with more varied tasks (hospital work). The relative risk for garment work increased over the 20-year period preceding the year of the survey. The trend was not explained by age or length of employment, or by any known changes in work demands. In the absence of longitudinal cohort data, alternative explanations (the most plausible of which is the healthy worker effect) for these results cannot be excluded.
Descriptors (primary) healthy worker effect; repetitive work; clothing industry; hospitals; musculoskeletal diseases
Descriptors (secondary) USA; cross-sectional study; epidemiological aspects
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Health care services
Clothing and finished textile products industry