Literature Review on work-related musculoskeletal disorders as Discussion Basis for the MSD Conference

on the 16th/17th of October 2009 in Dresden

Introduction (PDF, 12 kB)

Work Package 1:

Overview of work-related musculoskeletal disorders structured according to affected areas of the body  and diagnoses,and their prevalence in various fields of activity/occupational groups (PDF, 359 kB)

Tables (not translated) (PDF, 435 kB)

Author: Dr. med. Elke Ochsmann
Assisted by: Dipl. Psych. Rebecca Winkler
Institut für Arbeitsmedizin und Sozialmedizin, Medizinische Fakultät, RWTH Aachen, Pauwelsstrasse 30, 52074 Aachen, Germany

Work Package 2:
Attribution of the respective occupational stress/risk factors to MSDs

  • Part 2.1: Physical load factors (PDF, 160 kB)
    Tables (not translated) (PDF, 253 kB)Tables (not translated) (PDF, 253 kB)
    Author: Dr. Elke Ochsmann
    Institut für Arbeitsmedizin und Sozialmedizin, Medizinische Fakultät, RWTH Aachen, Pauwelsstrasse 30, 52074 Aachen, Germany
  • Part 2.2: Mental stress factors
    (available from Dr. Lang:)

    Authors: Dr. Jessica Lang
    Institute for Occupational Medicine, RWTH Aachen University, Pauwelsstrasse 30, 52074 Aachen, Germany
    Dr. Jonas W. B. Lang
    Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University, P.O. Box 616; 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Part 2.3: Combined stresses of physical and psychological factors
    (available from Dr. Lang:)

    Authors: Dr. med. Elke Ochsmann, Dipl. Psych. Rebecca Winkler
    With the assistance of: Dr. rer. soc. Jessica Lang
    Institut für Arbeitsmedizin und Sozialmedizin, Medizinische Fakultät, RWTH Aachen, Pauwelsstrasse 30, 52074 Aachen, Germany

Work Package 3:

Documentation of indices and indicators concerning the effects of particular MSDs when determining prioritization of relevant prevention topics (PDF, 699 kB)

Appendix (not translated) (PDF, 419 kB)

Authors: Prof. Dr. oec. troph. Eva Münster, MPH, Dr. rer. soc. Luis Carlos Escobar Pinzón, Dr. med. Dorothea Nitsche, Dipl.-Soz. Matthias Rau, Dipl.-Soz. Ulrike Zier
With the assistance of: Heiko Rüger, M.A., cand. soz. Tanja Martini, cand. med. Janina Schmies, Dipl.-Psych. Michael Unrath
University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Institute of Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine, Obere Zahlbacher Straße 67, 55131 Mainz, Germany
Work Package 4:

An overview of potential prevention strategies evaluated for particular MSDs and a listing of nationally and internationally prioritized and planned prevention activities, together with main research focuses (PDF, 256 kB)

Appendix (PDF, 67 kB)

Author: Dr. Martina Michaelis
Assisted by: Niko Karajannis
Project leader: Prof. Friedrich Hofmann
University of Wuppertal, Department of Applied Physiology, Occupational Medicine and Infectiology, Gauss-Strasse 20, 42097 Wuppertal, Germany

Summary (PDF, 25 kB)