Work-Related Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Pain Korean Baristas

한국의 바리스타들의 업무 관련 상지 근골격계 통증

  • Kim, Ha-Eun (Dept. of Occupational Therapy, Jeonju University) ;
  • Kwon, Ye-Lim (Dept. of Occupational Therapy, Jeonju University) ;
  • Park, Hyun-Ju (Dept. of Occupational Therapy, Jeonju University) ;
  • Kang, Jul-Gi (Dept. of Occupational Therapy, Jeonju University) ;
  • Lee, Ji-In (Dept. of Occupational Therapy, Jeonju University) ;
  • Kim, Eun-Joo (Dept. of Occupational Therapy, Jeonju University)
  • 김하은 (전주대학교 작업치료학과) ;
  • 권예림 (전주대학교 작업치료학과) ;
  • 박현주 (전주대학교 작업치료학과) ;
  • 강줄기 (전주대학교 작업치료학과) ;
  • 이지인 (전주대학교 작업치료학과) ;
  • 김은주 (전주대학교 작업치료학과)
  • Received : 2019.06.11
  • Accepted : 2019.07.20
  • Published : 2019.07.28


The purpose of this study was to investigate the current status of work-related upper extremity musculoskeletal pain in baristas and to identify the elements that are related to pain. The questionnaires were distributed to 100 workers in 63 cafes on Jeonju city in Korea. As a result of investigating work related pain, 65.3% (n=64) answered "yes" to the question that had pain at least once a week, month, or year, or 34.7% (n=34) answered "no". Most of the workers were right-handed, and when they felt pain, they felt 25 to 50% of time per day. Especially, baristas reported that the use of porter filters during work and the tamping operation were the most painful. In conclusion, our study indicated that necessary to introduce and develop a program to prevent cafe worker disease, as well as need to future research to improve work environment and posture according to the characteristics of the cafe works.

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Fig. 1. The modified PQRST-test (8 items)

Table 1. General characteristic of participants

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Table 2. The descriptive statistics in the modified PQRST-test

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Table 3. The descriptive statistics in JSI

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Table 4. Wrist bend angle when inserting the porter filter

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