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27/10/2016

CEXS-UPF: The National Institute for Health and Safety at Work distinguishes a research on the influence of cultural beliefs on health

CEXS-UPF: The National Institute for Health and Safety at Work distinguishes a research on the influence of cultural beliefs on health


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Sergio Vargas-Prada has been awarded with the Barcelona Award for Best Doctoral Thesis in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) for his work, Role of psychological and culturally influenced risk factors on symptoms and disability for musculoskeletal disorders. CUPID study (Spain), made during his PhD in Biomedicine at UPF. 

Vargas-Prada focused his research on the role of cultural beliefs on health, the tendency to report somatic symptoms, and mental health on musculoskeletal symptoms and disability related to them in a cohort of Spanish workers. According to his findings, individual psychological factors like the tendency to report somatic symptoms and self-perceived mental health, as well as those health beliefs that have clear cultural influence, play an important role in the development and persistence of musculoskeletal pain. However, its influence is lower in the occurrence and concern of symptoms, and higher in causing disability. Sergio Vargas-Prada did his doctoral thesis at the CiSAL of the DCEXS at UPF, mentored by researchers Consol Serra, and José Miguel Martínez.

The Barcelona Award for the Best Doctoral Thesis in OHS is annually held to reward the best doctoral thesis on the subject of Occupational Health and Safety. It is an initiative of the National Institute for Safety and Health at Work, UPF, the UB and the UPC, in collaboration with Prevent Foundation and it is intended to contribute to the study and research in safety and occupational health. 

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