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  • 2021

Objectives We investigated prospective associations of shift work with chronic pain and C‐reactive protein (CRP), an indicator of inflammation. Furthermore, we elucidated CRP as a possible mediator and/or moderator of effects of shift work on pain. Methods Data from a 7 years follow‐up study were analyzed (N = 2323). Shift work and chronic pain of “neck/shoulder”, “arm/hand”, “upper back”, “low back”, “hip/leg/feet”, and “other regions” were measured by questionnaires. “Chronic widespread pain”, “number of chronic pain sites”, and “any chronic pain” were computed. CRP was measured in serum samples. Logistic and Poisson regressions were conducted. Mediation was assessed by casual mediation analyses and moderation by the Relative Excess Risk due to Interaction (RERI). Results Shift work was not associated with any chronic pain variable and no mediation was detected. CRP was associated with low back pain, hip/leg pain, and “number of pain sites”, and also with the combination of shift work and CRP of 1–2.99 mg/L (compared to: no shiftwork and CRP < 1). Additionally, shiftwork and CRP 1–2.99 mg/L was associated with risk of “any chronic pain” (OR: 1.76, 95% CI: 1.12, 2.85), which was not associated with CRP alone. Moderation analyses suggested the risks for “any chronic pain” and “number of pain...

Christensen, Jan Olav; Nilsen, Kristian Bernhard; Hopstock, Laila Arnesdatter; Steingrimsdottir, Olöf Anna; Nielsen, Christopher Sivert; Zwart, John-Anker; Matre, Dagfinn
International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health 94: 1013–1022
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