Regular Use of Medication for Musculoskeletal Pain and Risk of Long-term Sickness Absence: A Prospective Cohort Study Among the General Working Population

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Regular Use of Medication for Musculoskeletal Pain and Risk of Long-term Sickness Absence: A Prospective Cohort Study Among the General Working Population

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SOURCE:   Eur J Pain. 2016 (Aug 26) [Epub]

E. Sundstrup, M.D. Jakobsen, S.V. Thorsen, L.L. Andersen

National Research Centre for the Working Environment,
Copenhagen, Denmark.

Physical Activity and Human Performance group, SMI,
Department of Health Science and Technology,
Aalborg University, Denmark.


BACKGROUND:   The aim was to determine the prospective association between use of pain medication – due to musculoskeletal pain in the low back, neck/shoulder and hand/wrist – and long-term sickness absence.

METHODS:   Cox-regression analysis was performed to estimate the prospective association between regular use of pain medication and long-term sickness absence (LTSA; at least 6 consecutive weeks) among 9,544 employees from the general working population (Danish Work Environment Cohort Study 2010) and free from LTSA during 2009-2010. The fully adjusted model was controlled for age, gender, body mass index, smoking, leisure physical activity, job group, physical activity at work, psychosocial work environment, pain intensity, mental health and chronic disease.

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