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The demographic and contextual correlates of work-related repetitive strain injuries among canadian men and women
Article first published online: 17 JUL 2013
Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume 56, Issue 10, pages 1180–1189, October 2013
How to Cite
Breslin, F. C., Ibrahim, S., Smith, P., Mustard, C., Amick, B. and Shankardass, K. (2013), The demographic and contextual correlates of work-related repetitive strain injuries among canadian men and women. Am. J. Ind. Med., 56: 1180–1189. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22195
- Issue published online: 3 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 17 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 MAR 2013
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Grant Number: #93981
- gender differences;
- occupational health and safety;
- occupational injury;
- risk factors
The study sought to identify gender differences in work-related repetitive strain injuries (RSI), as well as examine the degree to which non-work factors such as family roles interact with gender to modify RSI risk. Another aim is to examine whether there are potential provincial differences in work-related RSI risk.
The 2003/2005 Canadian Community Health Survey included over 89,000 respondents who reported working in the past 12 months. Separate multi-level models for men and women were used to identify the correlates of work-related RSIs.
Women reported sustaining more work-related RSIs than men. Also, having one or more children in the household was associated with lower work-related RSI risk for females. Both men and women in British Columbia reported higher work-related RSI rates than in Ontario.
Gender contributes to RSI risk in multiple and diverse ways based on labor market segregation, non-work exposures, and possibly biological vulnerability, which suggests more tailored interventions. Also, the provincial differences indicate that monitoring and surveillance of work injury across jurisdictions can assist in province-wide prevention and occupational health and safety evaluation. Am. J. Ind. Med. 56:1180–1189, 2013. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.