Prevalence of back pain among fulltime United States workers

J Paul Leigh, R. M. Sheetz

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

86 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

A source of data on the health and working conditions of a probability sample of United States workers, the Quality of Employment Survey for 1972-3 (QES73), is investigated for the first time to determine which groups of workers are more or are less likely to report back pain. Estimated coefficients from a logistic regression are used to calculate odds ratio and confidence intervals for various groups. Few previous studies on back pain among United States workers control for as many potentially confounding variables as are considered in this study and few use data from a national probability sample of workers. The following independent variables are judged to be important positive correlates based on their estimated odds ratios and confidence intervals: farm, service, blue collar, and clerical work; low levels of schooling and income; jobs needing physical effort; age between and including 50 to 64; and smoking. Marital separation was found to be negatively correlated with back pain. Caution should be exercised in attempting to generalise these findings, since the back pain variable is based on respondents' subjective evaluations. Moreover, the variable does not distinguish between lower or upper back or neck pain, nor is information on the duration or frequency of pain available.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)651-657
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume46
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Back Pain
Sampling Studies
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals
Physical Exertion
Confounding Factors (Epidemiology)
Neck Pain
Information Storage and Retrieval
Logistic Models
Smoking
Pain
Health
Surveys and Questionnaires

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Cite this

Prevalence of back pain among fulltime United States workers. / Leigh, J Paul; Sheetz, R. M.

In: British Journal of Industrial Medicine, Vol. 46, No. 9, 1989, p. 651-657.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{37eae527e201436b932961ea77a6aaad,
title = "Prevalence of back pain among fulltime United States workers",
abstract = "A source of data on the health and working conditions of a probability sample of United States workers, the Quality of Employment Survey for 1972-3 (QES73), is investigated for the first time to determine which groups of workers are more or are less likely to report back pain. Estimated coefficients from a logistic regression are used to calculate odds ratio and confidence intervals for various groups. Few previous studies on back pain among United States workers control for as many potentially confounding variables as are considered in this study and few use data from a national probability sample of workers. The following independent variables are judged to be important positive correlates based on their estimated odds ratios and confidence intervals: farm, service, blue collar, and clerical work; low levels of schooling and income; jobs needing physical effort; age between and including 50 to 64; and smoking. Marital separation was found to be negatively correlated with back pain. Caution should be exercised in attempting to generalise these findings, since the back pain variable is based on respondents' subjective evaluations. Moreover, the variable does not distinguish between lower or upper back or neck pain, nor is information on the duration or frequency of pain available.",
author = "Leigh, {J Paul} and Sheetz, {R. M.}",
year = "1989",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "46",
pages = "651--657",
journal = "Occupational and Environmental Medicine",
issn = "1351-0711",
publisher = "BMJ Publishing Group",
number = "9",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Prevalence of back pain among fulltime United States workers

AU - Leigh, J Paul

AU - Sheetz, R. M.

PY - 1989

Y1 - 1989

N2 - A source of data on the health and working conditions of a probability sample of United States workers, the Quality of Employment Survey for 1972-3 (QES73), is investigated for the first time to determine which groups of workers are more or are less likely to report back pain. Estimated coefficients from a logistic regression are used to calculate odds ratio and confidence intervals for various groups. Few previous studies on back pain among United States workers control for as many potentially confounding variables as are considered in this study and few use data from a national probability sample of workers. The following independent variables are judged to be important positive correlates based on their estimated odds ratios and confidence intervals: farm, service, blue collar, and clerical work; low levels of schooling and income; jobs needing physical effort; age between and including 50 to 64; and smoking. Marital separation was found to be negatively correlated with back pain. Caution should be exercised in attempting to generalise these findings, since the back pain variable is based on respondents' subjective evaluations. Moreover, the variable does not distinguish between lower or upper back or neck pain, nor is information on the duration or frequency of pain available.

AB - A source of data on the health and working conditions of a probability sample of United States workers, the Quality of Employment Survey for 1972-3 (QES73), is investigated for the first time to determine which groups of workers are more or are less likely to report back pain. Estimated coefficients from a logistic regression are used to calculate odds ratio and confidence intervals for various groups. Few previous studies on back pain among United States workers control for as many potentially confounding variables as are considered in this study and few use data from a national probability sample of workers. The following independent variables are judged to be important positive correlates based on their estimated odds ratios and confidence intervals: farm, service, blue collar, and clerical work; low levels of schooling and income; jobs needing physical effort; age between and including 50 to 64; and smoking. Marital separation was found to be negatively correlated with back pain. Caution should be exercised in attempting to generalise these findings, since the back pain variable is based on respondents' subjective evaluations. Moreover, the variable does not distinguish between lower or upper back or neck pain, nor is information on the duration or frequency of pain available.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0024404286&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0024404286&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

C2 - 2528986

AN - SCOPUS:0024404286

VL - 46

SP - 651

EP - 657

JO - Occupational and Environmental Medicine

JF - Occupational and Environmental Medicine

SN - 1351-0711

IS - 9

ER -