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Revista de la Sociedad Española del Dolor

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VICENTE-HERRERO, M.T. et al. Pain in occupational population and impact in daily life activities. Rev. Soc. Esp. Dolor [online]. 2016, vol.23, n.2, pp.64-74. ISSN 1134-8046.

Introduction: Pain is subjective feeling modulated by previous experience and emotional state of the affected that it is a complex objective to assess subjectively, so different scales and tools are used. Objective of this study is to assess the effect on quality of life of pain in a working population, by quantifying and establishing the impact involving variables such as age, gender and type of work performed. Material and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted on a sample of 1,080 workers, aged between 18 and 65 years, during periodic checkups to monitor the health service sector firms in Spain. Are assessed by questionnaire BPI reduced, autocomplete by the worker, the effects of pain in different areas of the individual (general activity, mood, walking ability, normal work, relations with other people, sleep and enjoyment of life), scoring from 0 to 10. It was used to calculate the various tests SPSS 20.0. Results: Women show greater interference in ADL (activity daily life) than men, although in both sexes the biggest interference regards the work. ADL interference in both genders, increases with age, although women have higher values. With regard to the work performed, the values are higher in non-manual workers (white collar) but, applying the Bonferroni correction is observed that there is only statistically significant difference in mood, relationships, sleep and looking forward to the lifetime. Women have higher values in areas not related to physical activity, while more physical variables except walk component not show differences in both genders. Conclusions: The results of this study show that pain interferes with ADL gender differences, increasingly so in relation to age and specific jobs, which can influence the planning and preventive care within a selective concept that considers the differences found.

Keywords : Impact and burden of chronic pain; workplace; quality of life; occupational medicine; occupational health.

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