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Musculoskeletal disorders and demanding work among home care workers.

Authors
Geiger-Brown-J; Muntaner-C; Lipscomb-J; Trinkoff-A
Source
APHA 134th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Boston, Massachusetts, November 4-8, 2006. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association, 2006 Nov; :140723
NIOSHTIC No.
20041475
Abstract
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are common among health care workers, and have been associated with both physical and psychosocial demands of work. Home care workers often work without safe patient lifting devices and ergonomically adapted equipment such as adjustable beds. They also work in spaces that are cramped and require awkward postures to deliver care. In a two-wave CATI survey of home care workers (N=1663) (English/Spanish) the prevalence of MSDs of the neck, shoulder and back were assessed. Back MSDs were the most prevalent (14.5%), with neck (10.7%) and shoulder (9.5%) MSDs less common. Often workers had multiple MSDs; with high levels of distress from combinations of these symptoms. Physical demands of work were assessed using items developed from focus groups of workers. When compared to asymptomatic worker, those with MSDs showed a dose effect for physical job demands after controlling for emotional demands, abuse, violence, and social support on the job.
Keywords
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Musculoskeletal-system; Health-care-personnel; Medical-personnel; Physical-fitness; Physiological-effects; Physiology; Ergonomics; Medical-equipment; Posture; Author Keywords: Home Care; Occupational Injury and Death
Publication Date
20061104
Document Type
Abstract
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-008237
Source Name
APHA 134th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Boston, Massachusetts, November 4-8, 2006
State
MD; IL
Performing Organization
University of Maryland, Baltimore
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