Musculoskeletal Disorders and Working Conditions Among Iranian Nursing Personnel
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, ISSN 1080-3548, Vol. 20, no 4, 671-680 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study investigated the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and associations with organizational, physical and psychosocial working conditions among 520 nursing personnel in Tehran, Iran. The results of the cross-sectional study on aids and different educational levels of nurses showed that the participants experienced 88% of MSDs in at least one body region during the past 12 months. The 3 most prevalent body regions were the low back (65.3%), knee (56.2%) and neck (49.8%). The participants reported inflexible work schedule, poor quality of devices for transferring patients, overexertion and job dissatisfaction. Physical and psychosocial exposure revealed an elevated odds ratio (95% confidence interval) of MSDs. The results showed a combination of high physical and psychosocial work demands along with low control over the work which increased work-related stress and enhanced the risk of MSDs. This study findings could help to understand work-related MSDs among nursing personnel in a developing country where the work situation and sociocultural context differ from other countries.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 20, no 4, 671-680 p.
musculoskeletal disorders, physical working conditions, psychosocial working conditions, nurse, Iran
Environmental Health and Occupational Health
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-243703ISI: 000347510900013PubMedID: 25513802OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-243703DiVA: diva2:787821