Scand J Work Environ Health 2024;50(4):244-256    pdf full text | Published online: 14 Mar 2024, Issue date: 01 May 2024

Hip osteoarthritis and occupational mechanical exposures: a systematic review and meta-analysis

by Jahn A, Andersen JH, Seidler A, Christiansen DH, Dalbøge A

Objectives The aim was to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis investigating the association between occupational mechanical exposures and hip osteoarthritis.

Methods The study was registered in PROSPERO. A systematic literature search was conducted in six databases to identify relevant articles. Two authors independently excluded articles, extracted data, assessed the risk of bias of each included article, and graded the level of evidence. We conducted a meta-analysis using random-effects model and performed a sensitivity analysis stratifying articles based on the risk of bias assessment, study design, and the outcome measurement.

Results Twenty-four articles were eligible for inclusion. The highest pooled odds ratio (OR) was found for combined mechanical exposures [OR 1.7, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.4–2.0], non-neutral postures (OR 1.7, 95% CI 1.4–2.1), lifting/carrying loads (OR 1.6, 95% CI 1.3–1.9), and climbing stairs (OR 1.6, 95% CI 1.1–2.2). The range of pooled OR for the remaining mechanical exposures (eg, standing, walking, kneeling, squatting, and sitting) was 0.6–1.6. Grading the quality of evidence, a moderate level of evidence was found for the combined mechanical exposures and for lifting/carrying loads. The remaining exposure categories were graded as having either low or very low levels of evidence.

Conclusions Considerable heterogeneity was observed across the included studies, and high-quality literature using objective exposure measurements is warranted. Despite various limitations affecting the comparability, occupational mechanical exposures seem to influence the likelihood of developing hip osteoarthritis.

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