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Taiwan J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Aug;55(4):525-9. doi: 10.1016/j.tjog.2016.06.013.

Increased low back pain risk in nurses with high workload for patient care: A questionnaire survey.

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1
Department of Health Services Administration, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan; Department of Nursing, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan.
2
Department of Health Services Administration, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan; Department of Public Health, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan.
3
Department of Nursing, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan.
4
Department of Health Policy and Management, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan.
5
Department of Health Services Administration, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan. Electronic address: hsiehchiarong@gmail.com.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine whether the prevalence of low back pain (LBP) increased in hospital nurses with high patient care workload.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

A structured, self-administered questionnaire was used to collect information on the prevalence of LBP and its associated factors from 788 registered nurses from a medical center in Taiwan.

RESULTS:

Among all nurses with eligible questionnaires, 567 (72.0%) had LBP. Mean daily hours of working, standing, and walking were persistently longer in the LBP group. Results from multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that daily working for 1 hour longer is linked to a 35% (95% confidence interval (CI)=2-78%) greater risk of LBP. Compared with <2 years of service as nurse, nurses with 2-5 years of service had the highest risk (odds ratio (OR)=2.11, 95% CI=1.07-4.18). LBP risk was also higher for nurses with chore duty responsibilities (OR=1.99, 95% CI=1.12-3.53) and other back related disorders (OR=4.43, 95% CI=1.99-9.86).

CONCLUSION:

Our results suggest that longer daily working hours and a large number of cared patients per shift should be discouraged in order to prevent musculoskeletal problems such as LBP in registered nurses.

KEYWORDS:

job stress; low back pain; nurses; occupational health; prolonged work shift

PMID:
27590376
DOI:
10.1016/j.tjog.2016.06.013
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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