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Relationship of sleep deficiency to perceived pain and functional limitations in hospital patient care workers.

Authors
Buxton-OM; Hopcia-K; Sembajwe-G; Porter-JH; Dennerlein-JT; Kenwood-C; Stoddard-AM; Hashimoto-D; Sorensen-G
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2012 Jul; 54(7):851-858
NIOSHTIC No.
20041177
Abstract
Objective: Health care workers are at high risk of developing musculoskeletal symptoms and pain. This study tested the hypothesis that sleep deficiency is associated with pain, functional limitations, and physical limitations that interfere with work. Methods: Hospital patient care workers completed a survey (79% response rate) including measures of health, sociodemographic, and workplace factors. Associations of sleep deficiency with pain, work interference due to this pain, and functional limitations were determined. Results: Of 1572 respondents (90% women; mean age, 41 years), 57% reported sleep deficiency, 73% pain in last 3 months, 33% work interference, and 18% functional limitation. Sleep deficiency was associated with higher rates of pain, work interference, and functional limitation controlling for socioeconomic, individual, and workplace characteristics. Conclusions: Sleep deficiency is significantly associated with pain, functional limitation, and workplace interference, suggesting modifiable outcomes for workplace health and safety interventions.
Keywords
Health-care; Medical-personnel; Workers; Humans; Men; Women; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Sleep-deprivation; Sleep-disorders; Sociological-factors; Health-care-personnel; Age-groups; Statistical-analysis; Total-Worker-Health
Contact
Orfeu M. Buxton, PhD, Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School, 221 Longwood Ave, BLI438-K, Boston, MA 02115
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20120701
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
orfeu_buxton@hms.harvard.edu
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U19-OH-008861; B08012012
Issue of Publication
7
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
MA
Performing Organization
Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
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