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Gender specific analysis of occupational diseases of the low back caused by carrying, lifting or extreme trunk flexion—use of a prevention index to identify occupations with high prevention needs
Article first published online: 16 NOV 2013
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American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume 57, Issue 2, pages 233–244, February 2014
How to Cite
Thiede, M., Liebers, F., Seidler, A., Gravemeyer, S. and Latza, U. (2014), Gender specific analysis of occupational diseases of the low back caused by carrying, lifting or extreme trunk flexion—use of a prevention index to identify occupations with high prevention needs. Am. J. Ind. Med., 57: 233–244. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22277
- Issue published online: 9 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 16 NOV 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 OCT 2013
- Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
- occupational disease;
- lumbar spine;
- prevention index
Gender specific analysis of the occupational disease of the lumbar spine caused by carrying, lifting, or extreme trunk flexion in Germany (OD No.2108) with the aim to identify areas of focus for prevention and research with a prevention index (PI).
Data from the German Statutory Accident Insurance stratified by gender are shown.
From 2002 until 2009 there were 2,877 confirmed cases of an OD No. 2108 (40.1% male and 59.1% female). The PI indicated the highest prevention need for female nursing/midwifery associate professionals and male building frame and related trades workers. Patient transfer and working in extremely bent posture were the most frequent exposures.
The identified occupations with high need for prevention among men come from nearly all major occupational groups whereas women cluster in occupational groups from the health and care sectors. Am. J. Ind. Med. 57:233–244, 2014. © 2013 The Authors. American Journal of Industrial Medicine Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.