Upper limb work-related musculoskeletal disorders among newspaper employees: Cross-sectional survey results Journal Articles uri icon

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  • At a metropolitan newspaper office in Canada with extensive video display terminal (VDT) use, researchers carried out a survey (n = 1,007, 84% response) to establish baseline prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) and to identify demographic, postural, task, and psychosocial factors associated with WMSD symptoms. One-fifth of the respondents reported moderate or worse upper limb pain recurring at least monthly or lasting more than a week over the previous year. Logistic regression showed that employees who faced frequent deadlines and high psychological demands (fast work pace and conflicting demands), had low skill discretion and social support, spent more time keyboarding, or who had their screen in a non-optimal position were more likely to report moderate to severe symptoms. Women reported significantly higher levels of symptoms than men.


  • Polanyi, Michael FD
  • Cole, Donald C
  • Beaton, Dorcas E
  • Chung, Jinjoo
  • Wells, Richard
  • Abdolell, Mohamed
  • Beech-Hawley, Lisa
  • Ferrier, Sue E
  • Mondloch, Michael V
  • Shields, Susanne A
  • Smith, Jonathan M
  • Shannon, Harry Samuel

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  • December 1997