Gender differences in the relations between work-related physical and psychosocial risk factors and musculoskeletal complaints

Hooftman, W. E., van Poppel, M. N. M., van der Beek, A. J., Bongers, P. M. and van Mechelen, W. (2004) Gender differences in the relations between work-related physical and psychosocial risk factors and musculoskeletal complaints. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health, 30 4: 261-278.


Author Hooftman, W. E.
van Poppel, M. N. M.
van der Beek, A. J.
Bongers, P. M.
van Mechelen, W.
Title Gender differences in the relations between work-related physical and psychosocial risk factors and musculoskeletal complaints
Journal name Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0355-3140
1795-990X
Publication date 2004-01-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 30
Issue 4
Start page 261
End page 278
Total pages 18
Place of publication Helsinki, Finland
Publisher Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
Language eng
Subject 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract Gender differences in the prevalence of musculoskeletal complaints might be explained by differences in the effect of exposure to work-related physical and psychosocial risk factors. A systematic review was conducted to examine gender differences in the relations between these risk factors and musculoskeletal complaints. Several electronic databases were searched. The strength of the evidence was determined on the basis of the methodological quality and consistency of the study results. For lifting, strong evidence was found that men have a higher risk of back complaints than women. The same was found for the relation between hand-arm vibration and neck-shoulder complaints. For arm posture, strong evidence was found that women have a higher risk of neck-shoulder complaints than men. For social support, no evidence of a gender difference was found for either neck-shoulder or back complaints. For hand-wrist and lower-extremity complaints, inconclusive evidence was found due to a lack of high-quality studies
Keyword back
gender
gender difference
literature study
lower extremity
musculoskeletal complaint
neck
occupational risk factor
physical load
physical risk factor
psychosocial load
psychosocial risk factor
sex factor
systematic review
upper extremity
work
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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