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Document ID (ISN)109382
CIS number 09-466
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Caruso C.C., Waters T.R.
Title A review of work schedule issues and musculoskeletal disorders with an emphasis on the healthcare sector
Bibliographic information Nov. 2008, Vol.46, No.6, p.523-534. Illus. 73 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a significant cause of morbidity in healthcare workers. The purpose of this report is to assess research across studies that examined the relationship between demanding work schedules and MSD outcomes. A literature search identified 23 publications that examined MSDs and long work hours, shift work, extended work shifts, mandatory overtime or weekend work. Eight of these studies that examined long work hours and had some controls for physical job demands reported a significant increase in one or more measures of MSDs. Other studies had incomparable methods and types of shift work, and therefore, no clear trends in findings were identified. The review discusses current gaps in knowledge and suggests research priorities.
Descriptors (primary) musculoskeletal diseases; risk factors; health care personnel; work time schedules
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; shift work; epidemiology; research; conditions of work; hours of work; reliability; physical workload
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Hours of work
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system