Patterns in the Occurrence and Duration of Musculoskeletal Pain and Interference with Work among Eldercare Workers-A One-Year Longitudinal Study with Measurements Every Four Weeks

Charlotte Diana Nørregaard Rasmussen, Kristina Karstad, Karen Søgaard, Reiner Rugulies, Alex Burdorf, Andreas Holtermann

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The objective of this study was to examine patterns of musculoskeletal pain episodes over time. We conducted a one-year follow-up study among 275 eldercare workers with measurements of musculoskeletal pain (low back pain (LBP) and neck/shoulder pain (NSP)) and pain-related work interference (PWI) reported via text message every four weeks. We found a constant, high four-weekly prevalence of LBP and NSP (between 61% and 72%). The distributions of pain episodes for LBP and NSP were similar with approximately 30% of the episodes being 7 days or less per four weeks. There was also a high recurrence of pain, with 33% reporting LBP or NSP every four weeks. In addition, 24% had pain at every measurement in both the low back and neck/shoulder regions combined throughout the year. On days with LBP or NSP, approximately 59% also reported interference with work, and 18% of the eldercare workers reported that pain interfered with their work all measurements throughout the year. A high proportion of eldercare workers reported pain every four weeks throughout the year and the four-weekly prevalence of pain remained high and constant on a group level. During most days with pain, eldercare workers were hampered in their regular work activities.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume16
Issue number16
ISSN1661-7827
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20. Aug 2019

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Patterns in the Occurrence and Duration of Musculoskeletal Pain and Interference with Work among Eldercare Workers-A One-Year Longitudinal Study with Measurements Every Four Weeks. / Diana Nørregaard Rasmussen, Charlotte; Karstad, Kristina; Søgaard, Karen; Rugulies, Reiner; Burdorf, Alex; Holtermann, Andreas.

In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Vol. 16, No. 16, 20.08.2019.

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