Acute joint pain among adults employed in U.S. green collar jobs: Evidence from the National Health Interview Survey
Methods: Pooled data from the 2004-2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) was linked to the Occupational Information Network Database (O*NET) to classify NHIS respondents as green and non-green collar workers. Estimates on acute joint pain (i.e., symptoms of pain, aching, or stiffness in or around a joint in the past 30 days prior to survey administration) were adjusted for the complex survey design and stratified by socio-demographic (i.e., age group, gender, race, ethnicity, and geographic region) and workplace (i.e., number of employees at work) characteristics.
Results/Outcomes: Compared to non-green collar workers, Green collar workers reporting acute joint were more often likely to use special equipment (57.4% vs 54.6%), be employed in small businesses of 50-99 employees (31.3% vs. 27.9%), and be classified as a state employee (33.5% vs. 29.1%). They less often had visual impairment (43.8% vs. 47.1%) and more than one job (30.5% vs. 33.2%). No significant difference in acute joint was noted between green and non-green collar workers (28.0 vs. 27.5%).
Conclusions: Disparties in acute musculoskeletal joint pain reported by green collar workers, particularly by sociodemographic and workplace characteristics warrant future surveillance efforts.
Occupational health and safety
Compare the prevalence of acute joint pain between U.S. Green and non-Green collar workers.
Keyword(s): Epidemiology, Occupational Health and Safety
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