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Médecine du travail du personnel hospitalier

Epidemiology of musculoskeletal symptoms among Korean hospital nurses.

Int J Occup Saf Ergon. 2005;11(4):431-40.
Epidemiology of musculoskeletal symptoms among Korean hospital nurses.
‘Smith DR, Choe MA, Jeon MY, Chae YR, An GJ, Jeong JS.
Department of Hazard Assessment, National Institute of Industrial Health, Kawasaki, Japan.’

We investigated the epidemiology of musculoskeletal symptoms (MSS) among a complete cross-section of 330 nurses from a large Korean hospital, by means of a questionnaire survey (response rate: 97.9%). The prevalence of MSS at any body site was 93.6%, with symptoms most commonly reported at the shoulder (74.5%), lower back (72.4%), neck (62.7%), lower legs (52.1%) and hand/wrist (46.7%). Logistic regression indicated that nurses who undertook manual handling of patients were 7.2 times as likely to report MSS (OR 7.2, 95%CI 1.2-42.3, P = .0275), while nurses suffering from periodic depression experienced a 3.3-fold MSS risk (OR 3.3, 95%CI 1.3-8.3, P = .0104). Overall, our study suggests that Korean nurses incur a very high MSS burden when compared internationally. A greater commitment is needed to improve physical conditions, occupational tasks and psychosocial work issues among nurses in this country.
MeSH Terms: Adult – Age Distribution – Confidence Intervals – Female – Health Surveys – Humans – Incidence – Korea/epidemiology – Logistic Models – Low Back Pain/diagnosis – Low Back Pain/epidemiology* – Male – Middle Aged – Musculoskeletal Diseases/diagn

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