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Document ID (ISN)111854
CIS number 11-0495
ISSN - Serial title 2008-6520 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Shafiezadeh K.R.
Title Prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders among paramedics working in a large hospital in Ahwaz, Southwestern Iran in 2010
Bibliographic information July 2011, Vol.2, No.3, p.157-165. 25 ref.
Internet access Prevalence.pdf [in English]
Abstract Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are common among employees throughout the world, particularly in high risk groups such as nurses. The objective of this cross-sectional study was to determine the prevalence of MSDs among nurses in a large hospital in Iran, and to examine its correlation with gender, age, shift working, years of service and smoking. Data were collected by means of self-administered Nordic questionnaires for MSDs from 161 subjects (response rate of 83%). More than 90% of subjects reported at least one MSD in the previous week. The most prevalent site affected was that of neck (64%) followed by head (62.1%), knees (54.7%) and wrists/hands (49.7%); the least frequent disorder was that of elbows (14.3%). MSD was more common among women and increased with age and years of service. It is suggested that nursing staff engage in an exercise programme at their work place to lower the risk of MSDs and promote work efficiency.
Descriptors (primary) Iran, Islamic Republic of; musculoskeletal diseases; nursing personnel; risk factors; frequency rates
Descriptors (secondary) location of injury; length of service; questionnaire survey; age-linked differences; sex-linked differences
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Health care services