Gender disparities in musculoskeletal symptoms and tasks performed among custodians
Methods: A cross-sectional survey was used to assess musculoskeletal symptoms (back pain, upper extremity symptoms, lower extremity symptoms) and tasks performed among male and female custodians recruited from three universities and one university-affiliated hospital; all state and contract workers employed at these agencies were eligible to participate. Chi-squared tests were used to investigate differences in symptoms and tasks by gender.
Results: A higher percentage of women reported back pain (34%) than men (24%) (p=.000), upper extremity pain (49%) than men (34%) (p=.000), and lower extremity pain (42%) than men (29%) (p=.000). Women spent significantly more time completing tasks such as bathroom cleaning, collecting trash, and dusting than men.
Conclusions: While musculoskeletal symptoms were prevalent for all custodians, they were considerably higher for women. The tasks completed by women may contribute to their increased prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms.
Learning Objectives: Participants should be able to
1) Explain differences in reported musculoskeletal symptoms by gender in the custodial workforce.
2) Identify risk factors associated with musculoskeletal symptoms among custodians
Learning Areas:Environmental health sciences
Occupational health and safety
Identify risk factors associated with musculoskeletal symptoms among custodians Explain differences in reported musculoskeletal symptoms by gender in the custodial workforce
Keyword(s): Gender, Occupational Health and Safety
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am currently a Ph.D candidate in Public Health at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Among my scientific interests has been the reduction of health disparities in the workplace, in particular social determinants such as race and gender.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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