Job Control and Back Pain (01-22-20)

Buruck lead a team that linked job control and chronic lower back pain (CLBP). Job control was described as including decision authority and skill discretion; it is reasonable to tie this definition to comfortable levels of control over the physical work environment, choices of where to work, and similar factors.  Buruck and colleagues learned via a literature review and meta-analysis that “CLBP was significantly positively related to workload . . . and significantly negatively related to overall job control . . . decision authority . . .  and two measures of social support. . . .  Our results support employees’ workload, job control, and social support as predictors of CLBP.”  The Baruck group’s findings may also help explain user reports of chronic lower back pain in settings with positive ergonomic conditions.

Gabriele Buruck, Anne Tomaschek, Johannes Wendsche, Elke Ochsmann, and Denise Dorfel.  2019. “Psychosocial Areas of Worklife and Chronic Low Back Pain:  A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.”  BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, vol. 20, no. 480,