Print Email Facebook Twitter Loss of productivity due to neck/shoulder symptoms and hand/arm symptoms: Results from the PROMO-study Title Loss of productivity due to neck/shoulder symptoms and hand/arm symptoms: Results from the PROMO-study Author van den Heuvel, S.G. IJmker, S. Blatter, B.M. de Korte, E.M. TNO Kwaliteit van Leven Publication year 2007 Abstract Introduction: The objective of the present study is to describe the extent of productivity loss among computer workers with neck/shoulder symptoms and hand/arm symptoms, and to examine associations between pain intensity, various physical and psychosocial factors and productivity loss in computer workers with neck/shoulder and hand/arm symptoms. Methods: A cross-sectional design was used. The study population consisted of 654 computer workers with neck/shoulder or hand/arm symptoms from five different companies. Descriptive statistics were used to describe the occurrence of self-reported productivity loss. Logistic regression analyses were used to examine the associations. Results: In 26% of all the cases reporting symptoms, productivity loss was involved, the most often in cases reporting both symptoms (36%). Productivity loss involved sickness absence in 11% of the arm/hand cases, 32% of the neck/shoulder cases and 43% of the cases reporting both symptoms. The multivariate analyses showed statistically significant odds ratios for pain intensity (OR: 1.26; CI: 1.12-1.41), for high effort/no low reward (OR: 2.26; CI: 1.24-4.12), for high effort/low reward (OR: 1.95; CI: 1.09-3.50), and for low job satisfaction (OR: 3.10; CI: 1.44-6.67). Physical activity in leisure time, full-time work and overcommitment were not associated with productivity loss. Conclusion: In most computer workers with neck/shoulder symptoms or hand/arm symptoms productivity loss derives from a decreased performance at work and not from sickness absence. Favorable psychosocial work characteristics might prevent productivity loss in symptomatic workers. © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. Subject WorkplaceVeilig en Gezond WerkenComputer workersMusculoskeletal symptomsPresenteeismConfidence intervalHandJob satisfactionLeisureLogistic regression analysisMedical leaveMultivariate analysisNeckPain assessmentPhysical activityProductivityPsychological aspectRewardSelf reportStatistical significanceStatisticsSymptomWorkWorkerWorking timeAbsenteeismCohort StudiesComputersCross-Sectional StudiesCumulative Trauma DisordersEfficiencyHealth SurveysHumansMusculoskeletal DiseasesNeck PainNetherlandsOccupational DiseasesShoulder PainUpper Extremity To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:c70af1f2-03b1-4976-a30f-673d9d8878de TNO identifier 240160 ISSN 1053-0487 Source Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 17 (3), 370-382 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.