Acute joint pain in the emerging green collar workforce: Evidence from the linked National Health Interview Survey and Occupational Information Network (O*NET)

Samuel R. Huntley, David J Lee, William G. LeBlanc, Kristopher Arheart, Laura A. McClure, Lora E. Fleming, Alberto J Caban-Martinez

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Abstract

Background: Green jobs are a rapidly emerging category of very heterogeneous occupations that typically involve engagement with new technologies and changing job demands predisposing them to physical stressors that may contribute to the development of joint pain. Methods: We estimated and compared the prevalence of self-reported acute (past 30 days) joint pain between green and non-green collar workers using pooled 2004-2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data linked to the Occupational Information Network Database (O*NET). Results: Green collar workers have a higher prevalence of acute joint pain as compared to non-green collar workers. Green collar workers with pain in the upper extremity joints were significantly greater than in the non-green collar workforce, for example, right shoulder [23.2% vs 21.1%], right elbow [13.7% vs 12.0%], left shoulder [20.1% vs 18.2%], and left elbow [12.0% vs 10.7%]. Conclusions: Acute joint pain reported by the emerging green collar workforce can assist in identifying at risk worker subgroups for musculoskeletal pain interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)518-528
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume60
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

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Keywords

  • acute joint pain
  • epidemiology
  • green collar workers
  • musculoskeletal disorders
  • surveillance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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