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Document ID (ISN)110818
CIS number 10-0351
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Choobineh A., Movahed M., Tabatabaie S.H., Kumashiro M.
Title Perceived demands and musculoskeletal disorders in operating room nurses of Shiraz City hospitals
Bibliographic information Jan. 2010, Vol.48, No.1, p.74-84. 47 ref.
Internet access Perceived_demands_and_musculoskeletal_disorders.pdf [in English]
Abstract Excessive demands on operation room nurses may result in high rates of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). This study was conducted among Shiraz city hospital nurses to determine the prevalence of MSDs and to examine the relationship between perceived demands and reported MSDs. In this cross-sectional study, 375 operating room nurses participated (response rate: 80%). Data were collected by means of the Nordic Musculoskeletal Disorders Questionnaire and the Job Content Questionnaire. Lower back symptoms were found to be the most prevalent problem, with a past year prevalence of 60.6%. Perceived physical demands were significantly associated with musculoskeletal symptoms (odds ratio ranged from 2.04 to 7.24). Manual material handling (MMH) activities were most frequently associated with reported symptoms. Association was also found between perceived psychological demands and reported symptoms (odds ratio 1.68 or higher). Based on the findings, it is concluded that operating theatres are not only physically, but also psychologically demanding environments. Any interventional program for preventing or reducing MSDs among nurses should focus on reducing physical demands, particularly excessive MMH demands as well as considering psychological aspects of the working environment.
Descriptors (primary) Iran, Islamic Republic of; operating theatres; manual handling; musculoskeletal diseases; physical workload; psychology of work organization; nursing personnel; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) symptoms; backache; lumbar column; subjective assessment; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study; hospitals; frequency rates
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Risk evaluation
Psychological factors
Psychology of work organization
Health care services