To determine the prevalence of musculoskeletal complaints of the back, arms or neck, and legs among nurses, and to investigate the relation between these complaints and various work related and personal variables.
Method-A questionnaire survey was carried out in four nursing homes in The Netherlands.
The response was 95% and resulted in 846 completed questionnaires.
It was found that a large proportion of the subjects regularly had back complaints (36%) but also had arm or neck (30%) and leg complaints (16%). Almost all respondents (89%) considered nursing work as physically strenuous.
Most of them complained of working under time pressure (69%), increased work pressure (70%), and having no opportunity to take a break from the work (70%). The physical variables which seem to trouble the subjects most were lifting (65%), working in awkward postures (47%), and stooping (34%). Moreover, 53% of the subjects responded that the ergonomic lay out of the ward was disagreeable.
Most of the work related variables under study seemed to be associated with musculoskeletal complaints.
For all types of complaints the strongest associations were found with having to lift heavy loads.
Apart from physical stress various aspects of work pressure showed strong associations with the occurrence of musculoskeletal complaints. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Infirmier, Personnel sanitaire, Lombalgie, Membre supérieur, Membre inférieur, Exposition professionnelle, Homme, Epidémiologie, Facteur risque, Charge travail, Condition travail, Médecine travail, Douleur, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Rachis pathologie, Rachialgie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Nurse, Health staff, Low back pain, Upper limb, Lower limb, Occupational exposure, Human, Epidemiology, Risk factor, Workload, Working condition, Occupational medicine, Pain, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Spine disease, Rachialgia
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0413136
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 10/04/1997.