Florentino Serranheira

Florentino Serranheira
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa | NOVA · Department of Occupational and Environmental Health

PhD - Occupational Health
Telework and Health in Portugal

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Introduction
Interested in Ergonomics, WRMSDs risk assessment and management, and Occupational Health. Interested also in Patient Safety, and Hospital Ergonomics.
Additional affiliations
January 2016 - December 2018
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
Position
  • Research Director
Description
  • Projeto Financiado pela ACT
January 2010 - October 2014
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
Position
  • Researcher
June 2007 - present
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
March 2002 - February 2007
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
Field of study
  • Occupational Health
September 1997 - March 2000
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
Field of study
  • Public Health
January 1992 - December 1996
Technical University of Lisbon
Field of study
  • Ergonomics

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Publications (132)
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Background: Medical Doctors (MD), although at the front line of response to patients and their families, are seldom study subjects for occupational psychosocial risks and work related stress. Objectives: Assess psychiatry and anaesthesiology residents in a central and university Portuguese Hospital for the presence of psychosocial risks at work....
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Abstract. Healthcare workers, namely registered nurses (RN), are frequently exposed to work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) risk factors. Identifying the symptoms of these disorders is one of the first epidemiological steps to managing them. This study aims to identify WRMSDs prevalence symptoms in Portuguese RN. During 8 months (2010-20...
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Background: Hospital work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) symptoms are highly prevalent and nurses are considered the health care professional group more often affected by WRMSDs. Objectives: Understanding the effects of nursing tasks on WRMSDs symptoms.METHODS: Portuguese nurses answered to a modified Nordic Musculoskeletal symptoms...
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The morbidity associated with WRMSDs leads to productivity losses (absenteeism and presenteeism) in healthcare organizations, which induces a substantive impact (cost).. The present study aimed to evaluate the impact (cost) of WRMSDs for accidents involving nurses and nurses’ aides in a small Portuguese hospital. It begins by identifying the workpl...
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Background: Work related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) constitute a serious occupational health problem among registered nurses (RN) all around the world. Its prevalence is mainly associated with nurses’ high physical demands that still remain poorly studied in Primary Health Care (PHC). Purpose: To describe nurses’ self-reported symptoms of...
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Background: Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) are a significant occupational health concern in radiographers. Objective: This study aimed to describe radiographers' WRMSDs symptoms prevalence and severity, exploring associations with occupational risk factors. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted to explore WRMSDs sympt...
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Introduction Vitamin D is critical for bone health and its deficiency has been linked to increased incidence and severity of multiple diseases. Even so, vitamin D inadequacy is a major public health problem worldwide. The main source of vitamin D is endogenous cutaneous synthesis through exposure to solar ultraviolet B radiation, which is influence...
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Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) symptoms are frequent in healthcare workers. In Radiology Departments, demanding postures assumed by radiographers frequently occurred. Chest plain radiography to bed-ridden patients is one of the most demanding ones. To evaluate postural strain in radiographers’, professional activity was simulated d...
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Background: Telework satisfaction is a Public Health concern, intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic, and its determinant factors may be related with the negative health effects of teleworking. However, there is still little research exploring this issue. This study aimed to characterize telework during the first wave of the COVID-19 epidemic in Port...
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Background Telework satisfaction is a Public Health concern, intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic, and its determinant factors may be related with the negative health effects of teleworking. However, there is still little research exploring this issue. This study aimed to characterize telework during the first wave of the COVID-19 epidemic in Portu...
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The study aim was to understand the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the levels of anxiety, depression, and burnout of healthcare workers (HCWs) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This study was an online-based, cross-sectional survey during July and August 2020. Participants were eligible from the entire country, and 1290 ag...
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As with the SARS-CoV-1 outbreak in 2003–2004 and the MERS outbreak in 2012, there were early reports of frequent transmission to healthcare workers (HCW) in the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Our hospital center identified its first COVID-19 confirmed case on March 9, 2020, in a 6-day hospitalized patient. The first confirmed COVID-19 case in a HCW happened...
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Introduction: Health professionals who provide clinical care are exposed to patients potentially infected by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 SARS-CoV-2), namely physicians and nurses; consequently, these professionals face higher risks of infection. Objectives: This study aimed to describe the prevalence of coronavirus diseas...
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Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed working at home (WAH) into the exclusive mode of working for many European workers. Although WAH will likely remain after COVID-19, its consequences on workers' health are unclear. This study examines the association of WAH and the change of four mental health (MH) domains. Methods We used data fr...
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This study followed assembly line workers during 7 months, comprising a 4-wk season holidays. The main purposes were to determine the potential effect of working time on the presence and intensity of upper limb musculoskeletal symptoms, as to verify the effect of 4 wk of job interruption in the upper limb musculoskeletal symptoms presence and inten...
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Background Assembly lines work is frequently associated to work-related upper limb musculoskeletal disorders. The related disability and absenteeism make it important to implement efficient health surveillance systems. The main objective of this study was to identify self-reported variables that can determine work-related upper limb musculoskeletal...
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Background: Occupational physical demands are commonly assumed the cause of work-related Low Back Pain (LBP) and absenteeism. Objectives: To analyse relationships between LBP at work, physical demands and absenteeism. Methods: Workers filled out a questionnaire on socio-demographic and work-related factors, general health, LBP (number of episo...
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Introduction: Workplace violence is one of the main risk factors in the professional world. Healthcare workers are at higher risk when compared to other sectors. Our study aimed to characterize physical and verbal violence in a public hospital and to define occupational health prevention and surveillance strategies. Material and Methods: Single cen...
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Hospital low back pain (LBP) is a common cause of Occupational Health Department appointments. Physical demanding tasks at hospitals frequently give rise and/or worsen preventable occupational LBP episodes. 153 healthcare workers filled out a questionnaire gathering data on socio-demographic, work-related characteristics, general health, and LBP (L...
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Low back pain (LBP) is a big concern in Occupational Health (OH). LBP prevention and work-absenteeism decline is a common objective for workers and employers. Ooccupational LBP Work-related Absenteeism is a problem for OH namely related with the probability of chronicity and the inefficacy of prevention measures. In this study, workers filled out t...
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Low back pain (LBP) is a common occupational health complaint and an important public health concern. Analyzing the association between physical demands at work and occupational outcomes can be useful for improving LBP prevention. In this study, workers filled out a questionnaire gathering data on socio-demographic and work-related characteristics,...
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To analyse the variation in the rate of AEs between acute hospitals and explore the extent to which some patients and hospital characteristics influence the differences in the rates of AEs. Methods - Retrospective cohort study. Binary logistic regression models were used to identify the potential association of some patients and hospital characteri...
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This book discusses how digital technology and demographic changes are transforming the patient experience, services, provision, and planning of health and social care. It presents innovative ergonomics research and human factors approaches to improving safety, working conditions and quality of life for both patients and healthcare workers. Persona...
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Low back pain (LBP) is a common occupational health complaint and an important public health concern. Analyzing the association between physical demands at work and occupational outcomes can be useful for improving LBP prevention. In this study, workers filled out a questionnaire gathering data on socio-demographic and work-related characteristics,...
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Low back pain (LBP) is a common occupational health complaint. Analysing the association between physical demands at work and occupational outcomes can be useful for improving LBP prevention and management. In this study, workers filled out a questionnaire gathering data on socio-demographic and work-related characteristics, general health, LBP (LB...
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Objective: To analyse the variation in the rate of adverse events (AEs) between acute hospitals and explore the extent to which some patients and hospital characteristics influence the differences in the rates of AEs. Design: Retrospective cohort study. Chi-square test for independence and binary logistic regression models were used to identify...
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Visual demands, namely from near vision, are becoming more frequent in the work world and can cause visual fatigue or asthenia. Ophthalmologist’s tasks require visual efforts that determine the interest in their occupational study. We want to estimate ophthalmologist’s visual complaints prevalence trying to identify relationships with working condi...
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Assembly lines are related to health risks and work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD), particularly of the neck and upper limbs (WULMSD). The assessment of perceived musculoskeletal symptoms is essential to WULMSD prevention, but studies in this field are lacking. A cross sectional survey on assembly line workers (n=270) was performed. The o...
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A tendinite do manguito rotador (TMR) é frequente em operadores de caixa de supermercado devido às exigências do trabalho. É, de facto, frequente a realização de movimentos repetitivos de abdução e flexão dos membros superiores, muitas vezes em carga, que podem causar inflamação dos tecidos periarticulares do ombro, desencadeando sinais e sintomas...
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Objectives: To identify alternatives for radiographers' postures while performing mammography that can contribute to reduce the risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs). Methods: Radiographers' postures to positioning craniocaudal (CC) and mediolateral oblique (MLO) views were simulated without any intervention for three scenarios...
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Low back pain (LBP) is very common; lifetime prevalence is high with estimates of 50% to 70%, and up to half the people with LBP will seek some form of healthcare. Global burden of disease findings show that back pain is the leading cause of disability adjusted life years (DALYs) in Western Europe and Australia, and is ranked 6th of the top 25 dise...
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Visual Fatigue is one of the most prevalent occupational eye disorders. The main objective was to estimate the prevalence of visual complaints and to identify relationships with working conditions/demands in healthcare workers. A brief job analysis was carried out in a hospital ward, in order to identify the main occupational hazards that could inf...
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Purpose: To investigate the ergonomic characteristics of mammography equipment and identify strategies to improve radiographers’ postures to reduce the risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs). Methods and Materials: The study was conducted in two phases. During the first phase, the standard breast positions used in mammography exams...
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Adverse events in hospitals constitute a significant problem and a challenge for public health. The main purpose of this study is to analyse the variation in the rate of adverse events between acute hospitals in the Portuguese NHS and to explore the extent to which some patients and hospital characteristics influence the differences in the rates of...
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Enquadramento: A dor lombar é uma ocorrência bastante frequente, sobretudo em enfermeiros que trabalham em contexto hospitalar. As suas determinantes são variadas, podendo ser de cariz individual, psicossocial e profissional/organizacional. Objetivo: Identificar a prevalência e as determinantes da lombalgia em enfermeiros que trabalham em contexto...
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Context: Adverse events (AEs) are common in healthcare. There are many consequences as for instance patient falls with fracture, and other injuries. Other important psychological consequences may arise, namely fear of falling, anxiety, and depression that also may lead to disability. Objectives: Estimate the incidence, impact and preventability of...
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Background: Work related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) constitute a serious occupational health problem among registered nurses (RN) all around the world. Its prevalence is mainly associated with nurses' high physical demands that still remain poorly studied in primary health care (PHC). Purpose: To describe nurses' self-reported symptoms o...
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Land previously used for industrial purposes may have been contaminated with hazardous substances. Metal industries, for instance, are reported to be a major contributor to local soil contamination. The main contaminant categories are mineral oils and heavy metals such as lead. Contaminated sites commonly exist in certain town's industrial areas, o...
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The morbidity associated with work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) leads to high productivity losses (namely presenteeism) in health care organizations, which induces a substantive impact (cost). Health professionals that mobilize patients, have high rates of accidents with WRMSDs. The present study aimed to evaluate the impact (cost) of...
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Objectives Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) are among the most prevalent work-related diseases in dental hygienists (DH), reason for which we decided to conduct a national study to analyze the frequency of symptoms from these DH pathologies, looking for associations with their daily working tasks. Methods A questionnaire was sent to...
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Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) are the most common occupational health problem disturbing the nursing staff. This national study describes and analyzes the prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms, and its association to nurse’s tasks. All Portuguese registered nurses were invited to answer a questionnaire, in 2011, with four major c...
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Antonio Sousa-Uva e Florentino Serranheira 6. Saúde do trabalhador, ergonomia e segurança do paciente Considere situações de risco como a mobilização de pacientes, a admi-nistração de medicação e as infeções associadas aos cuidados de saúde. Quais os elementos, em cada situação de trabalho, que justificam as relações entre a segurança do paciente e...
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In book: Segurança do Paciente: criando organizações de saúde seguras, Chapter: 6. Saúde do trabalhador, Ergonomia e Segurança do Paciente, pp.115-138
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Objectives Identify radiographers’ postures during frequent mammography procedures related to the mammography equipment and patient characteristics. Methods A postural task analysis was performed using images acquired during the simulation of mammography positioning procedures. Simulations included craniocaudal/(CC) and mediolateral-oblique/(MLO) p...
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Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) represent a major occupational health concern when considering the relationships between work and disease but associations between MSD and hospital work, especially in the nursing profession, aren't yet full understanded.QMSDuestions that still need to be answered include: Are nurses' work-related muscul...
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Background Several review studies have shown that 3.4% to 16.6% of patients in acute care hospitals experience one or more adverse events. Adverse events (AEs) in hospitals constitute a significant problem with serious consequences and a challenge for public health. The occurrence of AEs in Portuguese hospitals has not yet been systematically studi...