Time constraints and age: Health impact on musculoskeletal problems and perceived health

Barbini Norma, Squadroni Rosa, Sera Francesco

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Abstract

Aims: To analyse the exposure to high working rhythms in women and men and to highlight how this working constraint is tolerated with ageing. To investigate the relationships between high working rhythms and some health-illnesses, such as Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) and Health Self-Assessment. Methods: A population of 1,195 Italian workers (297 women and 898 men) was investigated. The relationships between the presence of MSD, poor health self-assessment and working under time pressure were then explored by univariate and multivariate analysis. Results: female workers were more exposed to repetitive work with tight deadlines and to time pressure. Analyzing the occupational exposure by cohorts, a decreasing exposure frequency may be observed for men in the oldest cohorts, while the opposite was observed for women, who complained about these constraints as particularly difficult with ageing. Working under time pressure appeared to be the least tolerated constraint for women, who had a significantly higher Odds Ratio than men in all cohorts of age, with a greatest risk in the 52 years cohort. The exposure to high work rhythms was associated with worst health conditions, both for MSD and health self-assessment, but in different ways for the two sexes. In women the interaction between repetitive work with high deadlines and MSD, showed a statistically significantly association both for upper limbs (p <0.005) and for multiple MSD (p

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPromotion of Work Ability Towards Productive Aging - Selected Papers of the 3rd International Symposium on Work Ability
Pages325-330
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event3rd International Symposium on Work Ability - Promotion of Work Ability Towards a Productive Aging - Hanoi, Viet Nam
Duration: Oct 22 2007Oct 24 2007

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Other3rd International Symposium on Work Ability - Promotion of Work Ability Towards a Productive Aging
CountryViet Nam
CityHanoi
Period10/22/0710/24/07

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Norma, B., Rosa, S., & Francesco, S. (2009). Time constraints and age: Health impact on musculoskeletal problems and perceived health. In Promotion of Work Ability Towards Productive Aging - Selected Papers of the 3rd International Symposium on Work Ability (pp. 325-330)