SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.24 issue2Physical activity and television viewing among Brazilian adults: National Health Survey 2013Self-reported hypertension prevalence in the Brazilian population: analysis of the National Health Survey, 2013 author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand




Related links


Epidemiologia e Serviços de Saúde

Print version ISSN 1679-4974On-line version ISSN 2237-9622


OLIVEIRA, Max Moura de et al. Chronic back complaints and diagnosis of self-reported work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) in Brazil: National Health Survey, 2013. Epidemiol. Serv. Saúde [online]. 2015, vol.24, n.2, pp.287-296. ISSN 2237-9622.


to describe the prevalence of self-reported chronic spine complaints and work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) in Brazilian adults, according to sociodemographic variables.


this was a descriptive study using National Health Survey data (2013) on 60,202 adults. Prevalence rates and confidence intervals (95%CI) were estimated.


18.5% of adults reported chronic spine complaints (95%CI:17.8-19.1); complaints were higher among women (21.1%; 95%CI:20.2-21.9), individuals with less schooling (24.6%; 95%CI:23.5-25.6), and those resident in Southern Brazil (23,3%; 95%CI:21.6-25.1). 16.4% (95%CI:15.2-17.6) of those reporting spine complaints stated having a high/very high degree of limitations in performing everyday activities, especially in rural areas (20.3%; 95%CI:17.5-23.0). WMSDs were reported by 2.4% of adults (95%CI:2.2-2.7) and were higher in women (3.3%; 95%CI:2.9-3.7) and individuals with university level education (3.8%; 95%CI:3.0-4.7), while lower prevalence was observed in Northern Brazil (0.7%; 95%CI:0.5-1.0).


chronic spine complaint prevalence was high; although WMSD prevalence was low, possibly indicating lack of diagnosis of this condition.

Keywords : Spinal Diseases; Cumulative Trauma Disorders; Epidemiology, Descriptive; Health Surveys.

        · abstract in Portuguese | Spanish     · text in Portuguese     · Portuguese ( pdf )