Prevalence and predictors for musculoskeletal discomfort in Malaysian office workers: Investigating explanatory factors for a developing country

Ismail Maakip, and Tessa Keegel , and Jodi Oakman , (2016) Prevalence and predictors for musculoskeletal discomfort in Malaysian office workers: Investigating explanatory factors for a developing country. Applied Ergonomics, 53 (Part A). pp. 252-257. ISSN 0003-6870

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2015.10.008

Abstract

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a major occupational health issue for workers in developed and developing countries, including Malaysia. Most research related to MSDs has been undertaken in developed countries; given the different regulatory and cultural practices it is plausible that contributions of hazard and risk factors may be different. A population of Malaysian public service office workers were surveyed (N = 417, 65.5% response rate) to determine prevalence and associated predictors of MSD discomfort. The 6-month period prevalence of MSD discomfort was 92.8% (95%CI = 90.2–95.2%). Akaike's Information Criterion (AIC) analyses was used to compare a range of models and determine a model of best fit. Contributions associated with MSD discomfort in the final model consisted of physical demands (61%), workload (14%), gender (13%), work-home balance (9%) and psychosocial factors (3%). Factors associated with MSD discomfort were similar in developed and developing countries but the relative contribution of factors was different, providing insight into future development of risk management strategies.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Musculoskeletal disorders, Risk, Discomfort, Office workers, Prevalence rate
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
Divisions:FACULTY > Faculty of Psychology and Education
ID Code:13748
Deposited By:IR Admin
Deposited On:03 Aug 2016 14:12
Last Modified:03 Aug 2016 14:12

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