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Title: Prevalence of and factors associated with work-related musculoskeletal symptoms in nursing assistants working in nursing homes
Authors: Cheung, K 
Szeto, G 
Lai, GKB
Ching, SSY 
Keywords: Epidemiology
Intention to leave
Prevalence
Working with pain
Workstyle
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI)
Source: International journal of environmental research and public health, 2018, v. 15, no. 2, 265 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of environmental research and public health 
Abstract: The prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal symptoms (WRMSs) in different body parts for nursing assistants (NAs) working in nursing homes is currently unknown. The aim of this study was to determine the extent of WRMSs in nursing assistants and the factors associated with them. Four hundred and forty NAs from 52 nursing homes, recruited by convenience sampling, participated in this cross-sectional study in 2014–2015. A valid and reliable study questionnaire was used to collect data. The results of our study found that 88.4% of NAs reported at least one body part with WRMSs. These NAs reported more symptoms in the shoulders than lower back. Adverse workstyle (OR = 1.04, 95% CI = 1.01–1.08) was the only factor associated with WRMSs after adjustment for potential confounders using multivariable logistic regression. This adverse workstyle could be developed because of physical and psychological work demands. Efforts should be directed at integrating “workstyle intervention” into lifestyle physical activity training to this group of healthcare workers.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/77557
ISSN: 1661-7827
EISSN: 1660-4601
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph15020265
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