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Document ID (ISN)72480
CIS number 99-670
ISSN - Serial title 0003-6870 - Applied Ergonomics
Year 1998
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Botha W.E., Bridger R.S.
Title Anthropometric variability, equipment usability and musculoskeletal pain in a group of nurses in the Western Cape
Bibliographic information Dec. 1998, Vol.29, No.6, p.481-490. 34 ref.
Abstract A group of nurses in hospitals in Western Cape, South Africa, reported numerous problems in the working environment, including lumbar backache, inadequate space and equipment that caused bodily discomfort. Anthropometric variables were measured and there were consistent and significant associations between the frequency of occurrence of these problems and the anthropometric data. Results indicate that the problems were caused or amplified by body size variability and were not simply general usability problems which could affect all nurses irrespective of their body dimensions. Topics: anthropometry; backache; design of equipment; ergonomic evaluation; manual lifting; musculoskeletal diseases; nursing personnel; questionnaire survey; South Africa; workplace design.
Descriptors (primary) workplace design; musculoskeletal diseases; design of equipment; nursing personnel; anthropometry
Descriptors (secondary) South Africa; manual lifting; ergonomic evaluation; questionnaire survey; backache
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSouth Africa
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Health care services