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J Occup Health year 2008 volume 50 number 2 page 163 - 168
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Title Musculoskeletal Disorder among 52,261 Chinese Restaurant Cooks Cohort: Result from the National Health Insurance Data
Author Huei-Sheng Shiue1, 2, Chih-Wei Lu1, Chiou-Jong Chen3, Tung-Shen Shih3, 4, Shiao-Chi Wu5, Chun-Yuh Yang6, Ya-Hui Yang1 and Trong-Neng Wu4, 7
Organization 1Graduate Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Kaohsiung Medical University, 2Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, E-Da Hospital/I-Shou University, 3Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Labor Affairs Council, 4Institute of Environmental Health, College of Public Health, China Medical University and Hospital, 5Institute of Health and Welfare Policy, National Yang Ming University, 6Faculty of Public Health, Kaohsiung Medical University and 7Institute of Environmental Health, National Yang Ming University, Taiwan
Keywords Chinese restaurant cooks, Health insurance, Musculoskeletal disorder (MSD), Occupational disease, Incidence
Correspondence T.-N. Wu, Institute of Environmental Health, College of Public Health, China Medical University and Hospital, 91 Hseuh-Shih Road, Taichung 404, Taiwan (e-mail: tnwu@mail.cmu.edu.tw)
Abstract Musculoskeletal Disorder among 52,261 Chinese Restaurant Cooks Cohort: Result from the National Health Insurance Data: Huei-Sheng Shiue, et al. Graduate Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan—To investigate the incidence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and the particular MSDs to which Chinese restaurant cooks are most at risk in Taiwan, National Health Insurance Data from1998 to 2002 were used to identify MSDs for study populations, including 52,261 certified cooks and 209,044 references matched for age and sex. The annual incidence of MSDs was around 25% and 20% for cooks and references, respectively, and the cook-to-reference risk ratios ranged from 1.29 to 1.35 (p<0.001). The most frequently affected body part was the low back, but the epicondyle was at higher risk (OR>2) than other sites for the cooks. Cooks are at higher risk of having MSDs complaints and MSDs related to the elbow show the highest risk.