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Document ID (ISN)108916
CIS number 08-1312
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Dulon M., Kromark K., Skudlik C., Nienhaus A.
Title Prevalence of skin and back diseases in geriatric care nurses
Bibliographic information Aug. 2008, Vol.81, No.8, p.983-992. 36 ref.
Internet access 08-1312.pdf [in English]
Abstract This cross-sectional study examined the prevalence of hand eczema, low back disorders (LBD) and neck/shoulder disorders (NSD) in 1390 geriatric nurses and nursing aides, and their association with work-related risk factors. Data were collected by means of questionnaires and clinical examinations. Odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals for common risk factors were calculated by logistic regression. The prevalence of hand eczema was 18.0%. Hand cleaning and hand care were not predictive for hand eczema. LBD was observed in 47.9% and NSD in 16.6% of the nurses. Increasing age and years in the nursing profession, prior treatment of back disorder and psychological stress were significant risk factors for LBD and NSD. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) long-term care facilities; eczema; hand; risk factors; backache; nursing personnel; cervicobrachial syndrome
Descriptors (secondary) Germany; questionnaire survey; frequency rates; medical examinations; cross-sectional study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Health care services
Skin diseases