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          VOLUME 49 / ISSUE 2


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9 - Work-related musculoskeletal diseases in hospital workers: Upper extremity problems

Hülya Şirzai, Beril Doğu, Pınar Erdem, Figen Yılmaz, Banu Kuran

Objective: The work-related musculoskeletal disorders are one of the most common health problems in the community. The aim of the our study was to determine the incidence of work-related upper extremity problems and to asses the risk factors in order to protect the health of our hospital employees, to improve job satisfaction and to avoid situations that could lead to job.

Material and Method: A total of 125 hospital employees were included in our study. The personal characteristics of the participants, information about the work and the working environment were questioned by a questionnaire that was collected from the literature. The Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire was used to identify areas of pain.

Results: 125 cases participated in the study, 74 (59.2%) were female and 51 (40.8%) were male. The mean age of patients was 31.56±7:09 years. 53 participants (50.5%) were cleaning staff, 25 participants (23.8%) were secretary, 16 participants (15.2%) were technician and 11 participants (10.6%) were nurse. 61 employees (58.1%) had upper limb pain during business. When logistic analysis was performed we found that male gender is a risk factor for wrist pain; high BMI is a risk factor for back, elbow and wrist; less time spent at home is a risk factor for back and wrist pain.

Conclusion:To determine the work-related upper extremity problems and risk factors in hospital employees is important to improve work efficiency and protect the health of employees.

Keywords: The work-related pain, ergonomic, upper limb, Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire

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