Association between psychosocial factors and musculoskeletal symptoms among Iranian nurses

Department of Occupational Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine (Impact Factor: 1.74). 10/2010; 53(10):1032-9. DOI: 10.1002/ajim.20869
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While psychosocial factors have been associated with musculoskeletal symptoms among nurses in some countries, previous studies of Iranian nurses show little association using a demand and control questionnaire. The aim of this study is to assess and evaluate the prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms and to assess their relationships with psychosocial factors among nurses in Iran.
In a cross-sectional study, 347 hospital nurses completed a self-reported questionnaire containing the Standardized Nordic questionnaire for musculoskeletal symptoms and the General Nordic questionnaire for Psychological and Social factors at work (QPS Nordic 34+ Questionnaire).
Prevalence of low back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, and neck pain were 73.2%, 68.7%, 48.6%, and 46.3%, respectively. Middle and high stress groups had higher crude and adjusted odds than the low stress group for all body sites. The association for neck, wrist/hand, and upper back and ankle/foot reports (adjusted odds ratio for high stress ranging from 2.4 to 3.0) were statistically significant.
We observed a high prevalence of self-reported musculoskeletal symptoms at a number of body sites, which were associated with psychosocial factors and specifically stress as defined by the QPS Nordic 34+ Questionnaire.

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    • "Nurses are at high risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) with lower-back pain/discomfort being the most frequent and past-year prevalence estimates ranging from 32% [1] to 90% [2]. Prevalence of MSDs at other sites, including the neck (12% [1] to 52% [3]), shoulders (17% [1] to 48% [4]) and knees (7% [1] to 68% [4]), are somewhat lower. "
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    • "Studies have reported associations between psychosocial factors and low back pain in patient care workers (e.g. [Lipscomb et al., 2002; Mehrdad et al., 2010]); however, the relationships are complex and variable [van den Heuvel et al., 2004]. The psychological demands scale used in our questionnaire may capture some of the general physical demands of a job that are not captured by the specific ergonomic practice scale questions. "
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