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Disabling back pain among nursing personnel in North Carolina.
Living with Change and Choice in Health, Proceedings of the 1st Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Rho Chapter National Research Conference, June 12-14, 1986, Morgantown, West Virginia, 1986 Jun; :337-340
Work related back injuries of 25 occupational groups were discussed with emphasis on the prevalence of injury among nursing personnel. Back pain disability was assessed using worker's compensation records from North Carolina. Injury data for the analysis was obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Supplementary Data System. Records were included for all back injury cases which occurred in 1980, which were classified as either a sprain or a strain, which occurred as a result of lifting, pulling, pushing, carrying or sudden motion, and for which the case was closed by the workers' compensation agency in 1980 or 1981. The United States Census of the Population for 1980 provided information on employment and occupation. A ratio comparing back injury experience of selected occupational groups was compiled using the two data sources. The top ten rankings were garbage collectors, followed by construction laborers, nursing aides, orderlies and attendants, truck drivers, licensed practical nurses, health aides, radiologic technicians, machinists, registered nurses and pharmacists. Two possible explanations of the high back related incidence ratios in the nursing professions were explored, including gender and ease of access to medical care. A comparison of other occupational groups employing mainly women (dietitians, cashiers and librarians), and those with easy access to medical care (health aides, radiologic technicians and clinical laboratory technicians) indicated that neither gender nor medical access was a major contributory factor. The author suggests that health promotion programs, training, adequate staffing and reduction of exposure to biomechanically stressful tasks could alleviate the incidence of back injuries associated with nursing work.
Back-injuries; Occupational-health; Risk-factors; Health-care-personnel; Health-surveys; Accident-statistics; Work-analysis
Wang-JF; Nath-CL; Simoni-PS;
Living with Change and Choice in Health, Proceedings of the 1st Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Rho Chapter National Research Conference, June 12-14, 1986, Morgantown, West Virginia
NC; VA; WV
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