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J Occup Environ Med. 2011 Jul;53(7):765-70. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e318222af81.

Musculoskeletal pain in the workforce: the effects of back, arthritis, and fibromyalgia pain on quality of life and work productivity.

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Pfizer Inc, New York, NY, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the impact of musculoskeletal pain on health-related quality of life and work productivity losses among US workers.

METHODS:

Data from the 2008 US National Health and Wellness Survey were used. Among those currently employed aged 20 to 64 years (N = 30,868), workers with arthritis (n = 2,670), back (n = 4,920), and fibromyalgia (n = 439) pain were compared with workers without those respective musculoskeletal pain conditions.

RESULTS:

Arthritis, back, and fibromyalgia pain were all associated with significantly lower levels of health-related quality of life, often at clinically meaningful levels. All pain conditions were associated with higher levels of work productivity loss, even after adjusting for demographic and health characteristics.

CONCLUSIONS:

Musculoskeletal pain conditions were highly prevalent and associated with a significant burden. Improved management of these conditions may lead to improved productivity, benefiting both employers and workers alike.

PMID:
21685799
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e318222af81
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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