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Risk factors for musculoskeletal pain amongst nurses in Estonia: a cross-sectional study

Risk factors for musculoskeletal pain amongst nurses in Estonia: a cross-sectional study
Risk factors for musculoskeletal pain amongst nurses in Estonia: a cross-sectional study
Methods
As a part of an international investigation (the Cultural and Psychosocial Influences on Disability (CUPID) study), a cross-sectional survey was carried out amongst registered nurses at Tartu University Hospital, focusing on pain at six anatomical sites (low back, neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist/hand and knee) lasting for more than a day during the past year and past month. Associations with regional and multi-site (?2 anatomical sites) pain were analysed by logistic regression.

Results
Analysis was based on 221 female nurses (response rate 57%). The overall prevalence of MSP was 84% in the past year and 69% in the past month. The prevalence of multi-site pain was 60% in the past year and 40% in the past month. Low back, neck and knee were the sites most commonly painful. Pain in the past year tended to be more frequent at older ages, and with higher emotional exhaustion, and at most sites, with poor self-rated health, and reported distress from somatic symptoms. Multi-site pain was also significantly associated with older age and tendency to somatise.

Conclusions
The prevalence of MSP among Estonian nurses is high. Psychological risk factors such as somatising tendency have an important impact. However, none of the risk factors examined seems likely to explain the high frequency of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in Estonia.
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Freimann, T., Coggon, D., Merisalu, E., Animagi, L. and Paasuke, M. (2013) Risk factors for musculoskeletal pain amongst nurses in Estonia: a cross-sectional study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 14 (334), 1-7. (doi:10.1186/1471-2474-14-334). (PMID:24289649)

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Abstract

Methods
As a part of an international investigation (the Cultural and Psychosocial Influences on Disability (CUPID) study), a cross-sectional survey was carried out amongst registered nurses at Tartu University Hospital, focusing on pain at six anatomical sites (low back, neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist/hand and knee) lasting for more than a day during the past year and past month. Associations with regional and multi-site (?2 anatomical sites) pain were analysed by logistic regression.

Results
Analysis was based on 221 female nurses (response rate 57%). The overall prevalence of MSP was 84% in the past year and 69% in the past month. The prevalence of multi-site pain was 60% in the past year and 40% in the past month. Low back, neck and knee were the sites most commonly painful. Pain in the past year tended to be more frequent at older ages, and with higher emotional exhaustion, and at most sites, with poor self-rated health, and reported distress from somatic symptoms. Multi-site pain was also significantly associated with older age and tendency to somatise.

Conclusions
The prevalence of MSP among Estonian nurses is high. Psychological risk factors such as somatising tendency have an important impact. However, none of the risk factors examined seems likely to explain the high frequency of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in Estonia.

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Published date: 1 December 2013
Organisations: Faculty of Medicine

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Local EPrints ID: 361838
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/361838
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ORCID for D. Coggon: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1930-3987

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Date deposited: 04 Feb 2014 15:21
Last modified: 12 Nov 2019 01:59

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Author: T. Freimann
Author: D. Coggon ORCID iD
Author: E. Merisalu
Author: L. Animagi
Author: M. Paasuke

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