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Occup Med (Lond). 2004 Jan;54(1):55-7.

Musculoskeletal disorders in hotel restaurant workers.

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Department of Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management, College of Human Ecology, Fu-Jen Catholic University, Hsinchuang, Taipei Hsien, Taiwan. chungyi@mails.fju.edu.tw

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

A variety of occupational groups have been shown to experience elevated risks of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD). Little information on WMSD is available in hotel restaurant workers.

OBJECTIVE:

To document the profile of WMSD in a sample of hotel restaurant workers in Taiwan.

METHODS:

A self-administered questionnaire was used to gather information regarding body site specific WMSD, pain intensity and strategies for pain relief amongst a sample of hotel restaurant workers.

RESULTS:

Among 905 restaurant workers, 785 (84%) reported experience of WMSD in the previous month, with the highest prevalence rate found for the shoulder (58%). The highest mean score for perceived pain intensity was found for the lower back/waist (2.50 points). Despite a high prevalence rate, only a small portion of those reporting WMSD (12%) considered their work capacity or activities of daily living to be affected by WMSD, and only <5% of workers with WMSD sought medical treatment.

CONCLUSION:

WMSD related pain is common among hotel restaurant workers in Taiwan, but it does not appear to interfere with job performance or daily living. Self-treatment and alternative therapies that have not been evaluated for effectiveness are commonly employed by hotel restaurant workers.

PMID:
14963256
DOI:
10.1093/occmed/kqg108
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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