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Gender differences in musculoskeletal health of computer and mouse users in the Swedish workforce.

Journal article
Authors Anna Ekman
A Andersson
Mats Hagberg
E W Hjelm
Published in Occupational medicine (Oxford, England)
Volume 50
Issue 8
Pages 608-13
ISSN 0962-7480
Publication year 2000
Published at Institute of Internal Medicine, Dept of Medicine
Pages 608-13
Language en
Links www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.f...
Keywords Adult, Computer Peripherals, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, Humans, Logistic Models, Male, Muscle, Skeletal, physiology, Occupational Health, Proportional Hazards Models, Risk Factors, Sex Factors, Sweden
Subject categories Epidemiology, Other Medical Sciences not elsewhere specified

Abstract

The objectives of the study were to explore the musculoskeletal health of computer users in the Swedish workforce with regard to gender and psychosocial factors, and to describe gender differences between the occupational groups. A subset was chosen from a large survey of 12,462 individuals representing the workforce of Sweden, performed by Statistics Sweden. Included in the subset were 2044 subjects who worked for at least half their working hours with personal computers, or an equivalent device, and also used a computer mouse. All occupational groups had prevalence ratios (women/men) > 1. When using regression models, the variables 'learn and develop' and 'involved in planning your work' were health factors, and 'too much to do' was a risk factor for upper body symptoms for both women and men. For women 'PC duration 100' was a risk factor and 'support from superiors' was a health factor. Age seemed to be a stronger risk factor for men than for women.

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