An investigation of the prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal pain and related disability among poultry slaughterhouse workers: A cross sectional study.

Benjamaporn Hancharoenkul, Leonard Henry Joseph, Peanchai Khamwong, Ubon Pirunsan

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Purpose: The poultry slaughterhouse workers (PSW) are at substantial risk of developing work-related musculoskeletal pain (WMSP) at workplace due to their work. This study investigated the prevalence rate of WMSP and related disability among the PSW.

Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted among 78 PSW (40 women and 38 men) in the region of northern Thailand. The prevalence rate of WMSP was evaluated using the Standardized Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire (SNMQ). The disability related to the MSP was evaluated using a series of disability questionnaires. Descriptive statistics were used to evaluate the WMSP. Data on the disability were summarized in frequency, mean (M), standard deviation (SD) and percentage.

Results: The prevalence rate of WMSP in the past 7 days were higher in the shoulder region (61.5%, N = 48) followed by wrists/hands (60.3%, N = 47), and lower back region (35.9%, N = 28). The WMSP over the past 12 months was also high at the shoulder (61.5%, N = 48), wrists/hands (60.3%, N = 47), and neck region (37.1%, N = 29), respectively. The overall disability related to WMSP among PSW was found to be mild to moderate across different body regions.

Conclusions: PSW had a high prevalence rate of WMSP in the shoulders, wrists/hands, lower back, and neck regions. However, the PSW with WMSP reported only mild to moderate disability in the work.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2022

Bibliographical note

This work is one of the outcomes from the SMART International Research Network among the UoB and LMIC collaborators. Further details are in the published paper.


  • musculoskeletal
  • public health
  • pain
  • disability
  • Global health challenges
  • Prevalence
  • Disability
  • Pain
  • Poulty workers
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Public health

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