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Work Ability and Quality of Life in Patients with Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders

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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Han Chung Hospital, Taichung 420, Taiwan
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Department of Occupational Medicine, Buddhist Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital, Chiayi 622, Taiwan
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Department of Psychology, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung 402, Taiwan
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Room of Clinical Psychology, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital, Taichung 402, Taiwan
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Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital, Taichung 402, Taiwan
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Department of Orthopedic, Changhua Christian Hospital, Changhua 500, Taiwan
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Department of Medical Imaging and Radiology, Shu-Zen Junior College of Medicine and Management, Kaohsiung 821, Taiwan
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Department of Occupational Medicine, Changhua Christian Hospital, Changhua 500, Taiwan
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Department of Leisure Services Management, Chaoyang University of Technology, Taichung 413, Taiwan
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School of Medicine, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung 402, Taiwan
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Yi-Fang Chang, Chang-Ming Yeh, Shu-Ling Huang contributed equally to this work.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(9), 3310; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093310
Received: 27 March 2020 / Revised: 6 May 2020 / Accepted: 7 May 2020 / Published: 9 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Return to Work and Occupational Health Services)
This study aimed to investigate level of work ability and quality of life (QOL) as well as the relationship between them among patients suffering from work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) in Taiwan. A cross-sectional study design with continuous sampling and a questionnaire were used to obtain the research data. Controlling for personal characteristics, pain, psychological distress, and social support, multiple linear regressions were adopted to explore the relationship between work ability and overall QOL. Further analyses were also made to clarify the relationships between work ability and each domain of QOL. In total, 165 patients with WMSDs were recruited. Compared with general workers, the participants reported a lower level of work ability and overall QOL. Work ability was significantly associated with overall QOL when covariates were controlled. Among the four domains of QOL, work ability was significantly associated with both the physical and psychological domains. The conclusion was that work ability is a definite factor of QOL for patients with WMSDs; the essence of work ability may be beyond economic function or social support. Strategies to help workers with WMSDs enhance their work ability to fit their new or temporary jobs would be beneficial to their QOL. View Full-Text
Keywords: work ability; quality of life; musculoskeletal disorders work ability; quality of life; musculoskeletal disorders
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Chang, Y.-F.; Yeh, C.-M.; Huang, S.-L.; Ho, C.-C.; Li, R.-H.; Wang, W.-H.; Tang, F.-C. Work Ability and Quality of Life in Patients with Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3310. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093310

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Chang Y-F, Yeh C-M, Huang S-L, Ho C-C, Li R-H, Wang W-H, Tang F-C. Work Ability and Quality of Life in Patients with Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(9):3310. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093310

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Chang, Yi-Fang; Yeh, Chang-Ming; Huang, Shu-Ling; Ho, Chi-Chung; Li, Ren-Hau; Wang, Wei-Hsun; Tang, Feng-Cheng. 2020. "Work Ability and Quality of Life in Patients with Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 9: 3310. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093310

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