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Am J Ind Med. 2010 Jun;53(6):552-60. doi: 10.1002/ajim.20794.

Impact of musculoskeletal and medical conditions on disability retirement-a longitudinal study among construction roofers.

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CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. lwelch@cpwr.com <lwelch@cpwr.com>

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

To assess the intersection of work demands, chronic medical and musculoskeletal conditions, aging, and disability, we initiated a longitudinal study of construction roofers who were current union members between the ages of 40 and 59.

METHODS:

Participants were asked about the presence of medical conditions and musculoskeletal disorders; the Work Limitations Questionnaire, the SF-12, and other validated assessments of social and economic impact of injury were included.

RESULTS:

Factors at baseline that predicted leaving for a health-related reason were older age, lower physical functioning, work limitations, and having missed work. Those who left roofing for a health-related reason were much more likely to have a lower economic score at the 1 year interview.

CONCLUSIONS:

Medical and musculoskeletal conditions are strongly associated with work limitation, missed work, and reduced physical functioning; these factors are also associated with premature departure from the workforce.

PMID:
20112256
DOI:
10.1002/ajim.20794
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