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Physically demanding work and inadequate sleep, pain medication use, and absenteeism in registered nurses.

Authors
Trinkoff-AM; Storr-CL; Lipscomb-JA
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2001 Apr; 43(4):355-363
NIOSHTIC No.
20024323
Abstract
Pain and fatigue are early indicators of musculoskeletal strain. This study examined associations among eight physical demands and inadequate sleep, pain medication use, and absenteeism in 3727 working registered nurses (RNs). Among the demands, awkward head/arm postures were associated with each outcome (inadequate sleep: odds ratio [OR], 1.96; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.41 to 2.72; pain medication: OR, 1.65; CI, 1.12 to 2.24; absenteeism: OR, 1.60; CI, 1.26 to 2.04). A dose-response relationship was present; as the number of demands increased, the likelihood of each outcome increased. Odds ratios for eight demands versus no demands were as follows: inadequate sleep (OR, 5.88; CI, 2.30 to 15.50), pain medication (OR, 3.30; CI, 1.34 to 8.11), and absenteeism (OR, 2.13; CI, 1.15 to 3.94). Adjustment using multiple logistic regression for lifestyle, demographics, and work schedule did little to alter the findings. Interventions to promote nurses' health should limit the physical demands of the work.
Keywords
Sleep-deprivation; Sleep-disorders; Absenteeism; Nurses; Nursing; Fatigue; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Occupational-health; Demographic-characteristics; Worker-health; Work-environment
Contact
Dr Alison Trinkoff, Room 625, 655 West Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20010401
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
Trinkoff@son.umaryland.edu
Funding Amount
197885
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-003702
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
MD
Performing Organization
Maryland University, Baltimore, Maryland
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