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Document ID (ISN)106266
CIS number 07-472
ISSN - Serial title 0022-4375 - Journal of Safety Research
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Smith D.R., Mihashi M., Adachi Y., Koga H., Ishitake T.
Title A detailed analysis of musculoskeletal disorder risk factors among Japanese nurses
Bibliographic information 2006, Vol.37, No.2, p.195-200. 16 ref.
Abstract A Japanese language version of the Standardized Nordic Questionnaire was administered to 1,162 nurses from a large teaching hospital. The response rate was 73%. The 12-month period prevalence of musculoskeletal diseases (MSDs) was 85.5%. Alcohol consumption, smoking, and having children were shown to be significant risk factors, with adjusted odds ratios (OR) of 1.87, 2.45 and 2.53, respectively. Workplace risk factors included manually handling patients (OR 2.07 to 11.97) and undertaking physically laborious work (OR 2.09 to 2.76). Nurses reporting pre menstrual tension were 1.66 and 1.94 times more likely to suffer from lower and upper back MSDs, respectively. High mental pressure was also identified as a significant risk factor for MSD of the neck (OR 1.53) and shoulder (OR 2.07). It is concluded that remediation strategies that focus only on manual handling are not sufficient. More emphasis needs to be placed on job satisfaction, work organization, and occupational stress.
Descriptors (primary) Japan; musculoskeletal diseases; hospitals; women; health care personnel; risk factors; nursing personnel
Descriptors (secondary) non-occupational factors; job dissatisfaction; alcoholism; smoking; physical workload; stress factors; manual handling; neck disorders; backache; shoulder; questionnaire survey; psychology of work organization
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceJapan
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Health care services
Alcohol and drug abuse