Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464
NEVES, Ilidio Roda. Work, exclusion, pain, suffering, and gender relations: a survey of female workers treated for repetitive strain injury at a public health clinic. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2006, vol.22, n.6, pp. 1257-1265. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2006000600015.
This article presents the results of a qualitative study based on patient records from a public health clinic and focusing on four therapeutic groups from 1995 to 1997. The study aimed to reconstruct the life and work history of women with repetitive strain injury (RSI) in relation to family, friends, company, workmates, health services, and impacts on daily life. The results corroborate the data in the scientific literature pointing to greater frequency of RSI among women, and allow us to list the needs related to the resulting biopsychosocial distress, suggesting the need for new research and intervention aimed at producing preventive and therapeutic technologies for such injuries.
Keywords : Cumulative Trauma Disorders; Occupational Health; Interprofessional Relations.