Psychological factors at work and musculoskeletal disorders: a one year prospective study

Joanna Bugajska , Dorota Żołnierczyk-Zreda , Anna Jędryka-Góral , Robert Gasik , Katarzyna Hildt-Ciupińska , Marzena Malińska , Sylwia Bedyńska


The etiology of musculoskeletal disorders is complex, with physical and psychosocial working conditions playing an important role. This study aimed to determine the relationship between psychosocial work conditions, such as psychological job demands, decision latitude, social support and job insecurity and musculoskeletal complains (MSCs) and (repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) in a 1-year prospective study. The job content questionnaire, the Nordic musculoskeletal questionnaire and provocation tests were used to study 725 employees aged 20–70 years. Pain in the lower back (58 % of subjects), neck (57 %), wrists/hands (47 %) and upper back (44 %) was most frequent. The carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) (33.6 %), rotator cuff tendinitis (15.4 %), Guyon’s canal syndrome (13.4 %), lateral epicondylitis (7.6 %), medial epicondylitis (5.3 %), tendinitis of forearm–wrist extensors (7.8 %) and tendinitis of forearm–wrist flexors (7.3 %) were the most frequent RSIs. Logistic analysis showed that increased psychological job demands statistically significantly increased the probability of lateral and medial epicondylitis, and increased control (decision latitude) statistically significantly decreased the risk of CTS. There was no relationship between job insecurity, social support and the studied RSIs. Psychosocial factors at work predict prevalence of MSCs and RSIs, irrespectively of demographic factors, e.g., age or gender, and organizational and physical factors.
Author Joanna Bugajska
Joanna Bugajska,,
, Dorota Żołnierczyk-Zreda
Dorota Żołnierczyk-Zreda,,
, Anna Jędryka-Góral
Anna Jędryka-Góral,,
, Robert Gasik
Robert Gasik,,
, Katarzyna Hildt-Ciupińska
Katarzyna Hildt-Ciupińska,,
, Marzena Malińska
Marzena Malińska,,
, Sylwia Bedyńska (Wydział Psychologii)
Sylwia Bedyńska,,
- Wydział Psychologii
Journal seriesRheumatology International, ISSN 0172-8172, (A 20 pkt)
Issue year2013
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishMSDs, Psychosocial factors, Work demands
ASJC Classification2403 Immunology; 2723 Immunology and Allergy; 2745 Rheumatology
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2013 = 0.841; WoS Impact Factor: 2013 = 1.627 (2) - 2013=1.62 (5)
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