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Health care system changes and reported musculoskeletal disorders among registered nurses.

Authors
Lipscomb-J; Trinkoff-A; Brady-B; Geiger-Brown-J
Source
Am J Publ Health 2004 Aug; 94(8):1431-1435
NIOSHTIC No.
20029288
Abstract
OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the impact of health care system changes on nurses' health, and we studied reported musculoskeletal disorders associated with these changes. METHODS: This cross-sectional study (n = 1163) defined a musculoskeletal disorder case as moderate pain that lasted at least 1 week or occurred monthly during the past year. Nurses were asked about changes in the health care system in the past year, and responses to 12 changes were summed and were categorized as low, moderate, or high changes. RESULTS: When the changes were summed, the adjusted odds ratios for musculoskeletal disorders for more than 6 versus 0 to 1 changes were (1) neck: 4.45 (95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.97, 10.08), (2) shoulder: 2.63 (95% CI = 1.17, 5.91), and (3) back: 3.42 (95% CI = 1.61, 7.27). CONCLUSIONS: The adverse impact on health caused by the changing health care system must be addressed to prevent further injuries among nurses.
Keywords
Nurses; Nursing; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Back-injuries; Neck-injuries; Health-care-personnel; Sampling; Sampling-methods; Occupational-exposure; Worker-health
Contact
Alison M. Trinkoff, ScD, RN, FAAN, Department of Behavioral and Community Health, University of Maryland School of Nursing, 655 W. Lombard Street, Room 625, Baltimore, MD 21201
CODEN
AJHEAA
Publication Date
20040801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
lipscomb@son.umaryland.edu
Funding Amount
197885
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-003702
Issue of Publication
8
ISSN
0090-0036
Source Name
American Journal of Public Health
State
MD
Performing Organization
Maryland University, Baltimore, Maryland
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