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Musculoskeletal Disorders and Working Conditions Among Iranian Nursing Personnel
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
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
Abstract [en]

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.

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2014. Vol. 20, no 4, 671-680 p.
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musculoskeletal disorders, physical working conditions, psychosocial working conditions, nurse, Iran
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Environmental Health and Occupational Health
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-243703ISI: 000347510900013PubMedID: 25513802OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-243703DiVA: diva2:787821
Available from: 2015-02-11 Created: 2015-02-11 Last updated: 2015-02-11Bibliographically approved

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