The demographic and contextual correlates of work-related repetitive strain injuries among Canadian men and women

F Curtis Breslin, Selahadin Ibrahim, Peter Matthew Smith, Cameron Mustard, Benjamin C Amick III, Ketan Shankardass

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The study sought to identify gender differences in work-related repetitive strain injuries (RSI), as well as examine the degree to which non-work factors such as family roles interact with gender to modify RSI risk. Another aim is to examine whether there are potential provincial differences in work-related RSI risk. Methods The 2003/2005 Canadian Community Health Survey included over 89,000 respondents who reported working in the past 12 months. Separate multi-level models for men and women were used to identify the correlates of work-related RSIs. Results Women reported sustaining more work-related RSIs than men. Also, having one or more children in the household was associated with lower work-related RSI risk for females. Both men and women in British Columbia reported higher work-related RSI rates than in Ontario. Conclusions Gender contributes to RSI risk in multiple and diverse ways based on labor market segregation, non-work exposures, and possibly biological vulnerability, which suggests more tailored interventions. Also, the provincial differences indicate that monitoring and surveillance of work injury across jurisdictions can assist in province-wide prevention and occupational health and safety evaluation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1180 - 1189
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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