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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31824e11f7
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The Relationship Between Chronic Conditions and Work-Related Injuries and Repetitive Strain Injuries in Canada

Smith, Peter PhD, MPH; Bielecky, Amber MSc; Mustard, Cameron ScD

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Abstract

Objective: To examine the relationships between arthritis, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and back problems, and the risk of work-related injuries (WRIs) and work-related repetitive strain injuries (RSIs).

Methods: Using data from the 2003 and 2005 Canadian Community Health Surveys (n = 79,114), we examined the relationship between each chronic condition and WRIs and RSIs, adjusting for various demographic and work-related variables that may confound this relationship.

Results: Statistically elevated risks were observed for arthritis and back problems for both WRIs and RSIs among both men and women. Diabetes was also associated with a statistically elevated risk of RSIs among women.

Conclusions: The results of this study suggest that the increasing prevalence of chronic conditions, in particular arthritis, back problems, and diabetes, will have important implications for the prevention of workplace injuries.

©2012The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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