Hispanic Construction Workers Working in Chronic Musculoskeletal Knee Pain: Evidence from the Protecting Every Construction worker Knee (PECK) Pilot Study
Methods: Commercial construction workers (n=240) completed the PECK study brief survey instrument in Summer 2013. Our primary outcome measure was self-reported knee pain or aching in the past three months (chronic pain). Logistic regression modeling was used to evaluate the relationship between knee pain and Hispanic ethnicity, while controlling for: age, gender, race, body-mass-index, number of anatomical pain locations in the past three months, number of workplace injuries in the past month, number of hours worked per week, and union membership status.
Results/Outcomes: Out of all surveyed workers, 59.6% self-identified as Hispanic, of which 66.0% reported chronic knee pain. Construction workers were significantly more likely to report knee pain who: were Hispanic (Odds Ratio: 3.47; 95% CI [1.13–10.63]), reported multisite (2+) chronic pain (8.99;[2.45-32.98]), or reported one injury in the past month (6.54;[2.14-19.92]). Black workers were significantly less likely to report knee pain (0.11;[0.02-.074]).
Conclusion: Contrary to prior scientific evidence, Hispanic workers in the PECK study reported more chronic knee pain than non-Hispanic workers, indicating that further research is necessary to evaluate factors influencing report of musculoskeletal pain.
Learning Areas:Chronic disease management and prevention
Diversity and culture
Occupational health and safety
Compare the amount of self-reported knee pain between Hispanics and non-Hispanics in a sample of construction workers. Evaluate socio-demographic, health, and occupational factors relevant to reporting of knee pain.
Keyword(s): Occupational Health and Safety, Workplace
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am concurrently working towards a Masters of Public Health degree and a Doctorate in Allopathic Medicine. My lifelong passion for musculoskeletal health is shown by my past work as a personal trainer, swim coach, and current research in orthopedics. My future career plans include obtaining a Doctorate of Philosophy in Epidemiology and completing an Orthopedic Surgery residency, after which I plan to perform research in socio-demographic and environmental factors related to musculoskeletal disorders.
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