MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN AND LEVEL OF EDUCATIONA : Cross-Sectional Study from Ullensaker, Norway

University essay from Nordiska ministerrådet/Nordic School of Public Health NHV


This cross-sectional postal survey explores the relationship between musculoskeletal painand level of education in Ullensaker municipality. We used a Standard Nordic Questionnaire(SNQ) to register self-reported musculoskeletal pain in 3325 persons in 2004 (participationrate 55 %). We registered educational level and a series of other demographic and life-stylevariables as well as functional ability and subjective health complaints. We found in thisstudy that educational level and musculoskeletal pain is associated. People with loweducational levels are prone to have more musculoskeletal pain than persons with highereducation. When it comes to musculoskeletal pain that is limiting persons in their daily tasksthe difference is even larger between persons with low educational level and persons withhigher education

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