A Profile of Farmers and Other Employed Canadians With Chronic Back Pain: A Population-Based Analysis of the 2009-2010 Canadian Community Health Surveys

Authors

  • Catherine Trask PhD,

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    1. Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
    • For further information, contact: Catherine Trask, PhD, Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, 103 Hospital Drive, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada S7N 0W8; e-mail: catherine.trask@usask.ca.

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  • Brenna Bath PhD,

    1. School of Physical Therapy, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
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  • Jesse McCrosky MMath,

    1. Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
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  • Josh Lawson PhD

    1. Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
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  • Funding: This research was funded by the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine, New Faculty Start-up fund (to Brenna Bath, PhD); a Canada Research Chair in Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Health (Catherine Trask, PhD); and a Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Lung Association of Saskatchewan New Investigator Award (to Josh Lawson, PhD). The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Abstract

Purpose

Chronic back disorders (CBDs) are a serious public health issue, both in the general population and among farmers. However, it is not clear whether all individuals with CBD should be treated the same, or if some subpopulations have special needs. This study's purpose was to determine the demographic, socioeconomic, co-morbidity, and other health characteristics of Canadian farmers and nonfarmers with self-reported CBD.

Methods

We performed a secondary analysis of the 2009-2010 Canadian Community Health Survey to develop a profile of adults with CBD comparing farmers (N = 350) to nonfarmer employed persons (N = 11,251). In addition to descriptive analysis, multiple logistic regression was used to control for possible confounding.

Findings

Our results indicate that farmers with CBD are significantly more likely to be older, less educated, and more often male and living rurally than nonfarmers with CBD. We found no difference between rates and type of co-morbidities between farmers and nonfarmers. However, the sociodemographic differences between farmers and nonfarmers with CBD may impact the design of effective interventions and have implications for health services planning and health care delivery. The information presented is anticipated to help address the identified need for musculoskeletal disorder prevention in agriculture.

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