TRACK: OEM Education and Scientific Research
Matthew Groenewold, PhD, CDC/NIOSH, Cincinnati, OH
Ming-Lun Lu, PhD, NIOSH/CDC, Cincinnati, OH
Sara Luckhaupt, MD, MPH, NIOSH, Cincinnati, OH
Low back pain (LBP) is one of the leading contributors to OSHArecordable injuries/illnesses and workers’ compensation claims. But cases of LBP included in these statistics likely only represent a small proportion of all LBP cases related to work because there are many barriers to both the recognition of work-relatedness and to reporting. Population-based data about LBP among all US adults, including workers, is available from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). The annual core NHIS includes one question about LBP, and the 1988 and 2015 occupational health supplements (OHS) included additional questions about LBP and its risk factors. In this session, NIOSH investigators will describe the NHIS, new estimates of the burden of LBP, and the prevalence of physical and psychosocial risk factors for LBP among US workers based on the 2015 NHIS-OHS, and NIOSH’s efforts to develop a workforce musculoskeletal pain surveillance tool.