Korean J Occup Environ Med.  2012 Dec;24(4):410-419.

Occupational Risk Factors Associated with Musculoskeletal Symptoms in Public Workers

  • 1Department of Occupational Medicine, Dongsan Hospital Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center, Korea. Ichungs@dsmc.or.kr


The purpose of this study was to examine the occupational risk factors associated with musculoskeletal symptoms in public workers.
In November 2010, 544 participants anwered a survey that included questions on the participants' general characteristics, job-related factors, health-related behaviors, and psychosocial stress. We measured the relationship of risk factors to musculoskeletal symptoms using a logistic regression analysis.
After adjusting for general characteristics, factors associated with occupational musculoskeletal symptoms were gender (OR=2.858, 95% CI=1.701~4.801), unnatural posture (OR=2.386, 95% CI=1.308~4.354), psychosocial stress (OR=4.051, 95% CI=1.336~12.282) and sleep quality (OR=1.672, 95% CI=1.052~2.660).
These findings suggest that psychosocial stress levels and physical environment (especially in professions requiring an unnatural posture) are related to musculoskeletal symptoms in public workers.


Public workers; Musculoskeletal symptoms; Psychosocial stress

MeSH Terms

Logistic Models
Risk Factors


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