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Document ID (ISN)107892
CIS number 08-339
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Trinkoff A.M., Le R., Geiger-Brown J., Lipscomb J., Lang G.
Title Longitudinal relationship of work hours, mandatory overtime, and on-call to musculoskeletal problems in nurses
Bibliographic information Nov. 2006, Vol.49, No.11, p.964-971. 40 ref.
Abstract Nurses are at high risk for work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) with low back pain being the most frequently occurring MSD. Nurses are also likely to work extended schedules (long hours, on-call, mandatory overtime, working on days off). The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between extended work schedules and MSDs among nurses. It was carried out in the form of a longitudinal survey of 2,617 nurses. Schedule characteristics increasing MSD risk included workdays of 13h or more, off-shifts, weekend work, work during time off (while sick or on days off), overtime or on-call. These increases in risk were not explained by psychological demands, but were largely explained by physical demands.
Descriptors (primary) musculoskeletal diseases; risk factors; nursing personnel; work time schedules
Descriptors (secondary) shift work; sickness absenteeism; state of health; physical workload; questionnaire survey; hours of work; lumbar column; backache; conditions of work
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Hours of work
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system