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Revista Brasileira de Epidemiologia

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BRANDAO, Andréa Gonçalves; HORTA, Bernardo Lessa  and  TOMASI, Elaine. Signs of musculoskeletal disorders in bank workers from the city of Pelotas and region: prevalence and associated factors. Rev. bras. epidemiol. [online]. 2005, vol.8, n.3, pp.295-305. ISSN 1415-790X.

The aim of this study was to find the prevalence of signs of musculoskeletal disorders in bank workers from the city of Pelotas and region, and to investigate major associated factors. A cross-sectional study was carried out and data were collected through a self-reported questionnaire. The main outcome was the report of frequent musculoskeletal pain in three or more of ten anatomical areas investigated (Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire - NMQ). The study included 502 bank workers. Musculoskeletal pain in the past twelve months was reported by 60% and in the past seven days by 43%. Nineteen percent were not able to work due to musculoskeletal pain, and 40% associated the pain to their tasks at the bank. Frequent musculoskeletal pain was reported by 39% of bank workers. Higher prevalence of the outcome was observed for women, for those who did not exercise, for on-line terminal and authenticating machines users, for those who classified their rhythm of work as "accelerated", for those who remained seated most of the time, and for those who classified the work environment as "inappropriate'.

Keywords : Musculoskeletal pain; Bank workers; Worker's health; Occupational risks; Health surveillance.

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