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BMC Res Notes. 2018 May 18;11(1):315. doi: 10.1186/s13104-018-3412-8.

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders among registered general nurses: a case of a large central hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Author information

1
Rehabilitation Department, University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences, P.O Box A178, Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe. mchiwaridzo@medsch.uz.ac.zw.
2
Howard Hospital, P.O Box 190, Glendale, Zimbabwe.
3
Rehabilitation Department, University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences, P.O Box A178, Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe.
4
Department of Nursing Science, University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences, P.O Box A178, Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Worldwide, work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) are a common cause of morbidity affecting occupational individuals such as health-care professionals. However, nothing is known about WMSDs in hospital nurses in Zimbabwe. This study was conducted to provide cross-sectional evidence of the 12-month prevalence, consequences and factors associated with WMSDs among 208 nurses at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals (PGH).

RESULTS:

The response rate for the study was 55.7%. The median age for the participants was 32.0 years (interquartile range = 29-36 years). The lifetime prevalence of WMSDs in nurses was 95.7% (n = 112). The first episodes were experienced in the first 5 years of working (n = 59, 52.7%). However, 82.1% (n = 96) nurses experienced WMSDs in the last 12 months. Low back pain was the most common WMSDs reported (n = 55, 67.9%). WMSDs were significantly associated with qualification attained, postgraduate ergonomic training and working experience. Overall, 87.5% (n = 84) nurses experienced at least one of the consequences of WMSDs. Cognisant of the limitations of the study, the present study found that WMSDs are a common occurrence among nurses at PGH. This creates a need for prompt hospital education programs aimed at raising awareness among nurses on the existence of WMSDs and the consequences at PGH.

KEYWORDS:

Associated factors; Nurses; Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals; Prevalence

PMID:
29776452
PMCID:
PMC5960155
DOI:
10.1186/s13104-018-3412-8
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