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Personal and workplace environmental factors associated with reduced worker productivity among older workers with chronic knee pain: A Cross-Sectional Survey

Agaliotis, M ORCID: 0000-0002-3691-2234, Mackey, MG, Heard, R, Jan, S and Fransen, M 2017 , 'Personal and workplace environmental factors associated with reduced worker productivity among older workers with chronic knee pain: A Cross-Sectional Survey' , Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, vol. 59, no. 4 , e24-e34 , doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001000.

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Abstract

Objectives: The aim of this study was to explore personal and workplaceenvironmental factors as predictors of reduced worker productivity amongolder workers with chronic knee pain. Methods: A questionnaire-basedsurvey was conducted among 129 older workers who had participated in arandomized clinical trial evaluating dietary supplements. Multivariableanalyses were used to explore predictors of reduced work productivityamong older workers with chronic knee pain. Results: The likelihood ofpresenteeism was higher in those reporting knee pain (3/10) or problemswith other joints, and lower in those reporting job insecurity. The likelihoodof work transitions was higher in people reporting knee pain (3/10), a highcomorbidity score or low coworker support, and lower in those having anoccupation involving sitting more than 30% of the day. Conclusion: Allowingaccess to sitting and promoting positive affiliations between coworkers arelikely to provide an enabling workplace environment for older workers withchronic knee pain.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Agaliotis, M and Mackey, MG and Heard, R and Jan, S and Fransen, M
Keywords: Osteoarthritis, Knee, Worker productivity, Cross sectional study
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
ISSN: 1076-2752
DOI / ID Number: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001000
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Copyright 2017 by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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