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Kabir-Mokamelkhah E, Bahrami-Ahmadi A, Aghili N. Work-related stress and quality of life among Iranian blue-collar workers with self-reported low back pain. Med J Islam Repub Iran. 2016; 30 (1) :1275-1281
URL: http://mjiri.iums.ac.ir/article-1-4187-en.html

PhD Candidate Occupational Medicine Research Center (OMRC), Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. , bahrami.a@iums.ac.ir
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Background: Impairment in quality of life and mental health had been reported in the previous studies as the results of musculoskeletal disorders among workers. Mental health has a wide concept and contains different disorders including  anxiety, depression or even decreased quality of life, all of which having challengeable impacts on work- related characters such as work productivity and absensism.  The present study aimed at evaluating work- related stress and quality of life among Iranian blue-collar workers of Fars ABFA Company with self-reported low back pain.

  Methods: In the present study, we focused on the low back pain among 451 blue-collar workers and assessed their work- related stress and quality of life status using DASS-21 and short form questionnaire (SF-36), respectively. Independent sample t-test was used to compare the qualitative variables, and chi-square test was utilized for statistical analysis of the qualitative variables.

  Results: Mean of the total score of quality of life among workers with low back pain was significantly lower than in those workers without low back pain. The mean of work- related stress score was significantly higher in workers with low back pain than in workers without low back pain. The mean quality of life subdomains in patients with low back pain was significantly lower than in workers without low back pain.

  Conclusion: Findings of the present study revealed that workers with low back pain had lower quality of life score and higher work- related stress score. These findings should be considered in designing preventive programs rather than controlling the pain.  

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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Occupational Medicine

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