2004
Volume 18, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0921-5077
  • E-ISSN: 1875-7235

Abstract

The role of physical strain, psychosocial and psychological factors in relation to temporary and long-lasting lower back pain and sick leave in an occupational setting

The role of physical strain, psychosocial and psychological factors in relation to temporary and long-lasting lower back pain and sick leave in an occupational setting

Ellen Wijnen, Els Gheldof, J. Bart Staal & Jan Vinck, Gedrag & Organisatie, Volume 18, February 2005, nr. 1, pp. 32-46

This cross-sectional study examines a number of work related physical, psychosocial and psychological correlates of temporary and long-lasting lower back pain and sick leave among 712 employees of a Belgian metallurgical plant. Associations have been studied through multiple logistic regressions, while controlling for relevant confounders. The main conclusion is that physical strain is related to temporary lower back pain, and that physical strain and psychosocial factors such as job demands, power of decision and social support are associated with long-lasting lower back pain. A remarkable finding is that a lack of power of decision and a high level of fear of movement are significantly related to sick leave. Finally, the results show that the variables psychological job demands and power of decision clearly interact in their effect on sick leave.

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