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Am J Ind Med. 2017 Jun;60(6):518-528. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22710.

Acute joint pain in the emerging green collar workforce: Evidence from the linked National Health Interview Survey and Occupational Information Network (O*NET).

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1
Department of Public Health Sciences, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, Florida.
2
Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Miami Center for Orthopaedic Research and Education (CORE), Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, Florida.
3
European Centre for Environment and Human Health, Knowledge Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital, University of Exeter Medical School, Truro, Cornwall, United Kingdom.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Green jobs are a rapidly emerging category of very heterogeneous occupations that typically involve engagement with new technologies and changing job demands predisposing them to physical stressors that may contribute to the development of joint pain.

METHODS:

We estimated and compared the prevalence of self-reported acute (past 30 days) joint pain between green and non-green collar workers using pooled 2004-2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data linked to the Occupational Information Network Database (O*NET).

RESULTS:

Green collar workers have a higher prevalence of acute joint pain as compared to non-green collar workers. Green collar workers with pain in the upper extremity joints were significantly greater than in the non-green collar workforce, for example, right shoulder [23.2% vs 21.1%], right elbow [13.7% vs 12.0%], left shoulder [20.1% vs 18.2%], and left elbow [12.0% vs 10.7%].

CONCLUSIONS:

Acute joint pain reported by the emerging green collar workforce can assist in identifying at risk worker subgroups for musculoskeletal pain interventions.

KEYWORDS:

acute joint pain; epidemiology; green collar workers; musculoskeletal disorders; surveillance

PMID:
28514025
DOI:
10.1002/ajim.22710
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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