Back pain prevalence in nursing personnel: Measurement issues

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Workplace injuries, primarily musculoskeletal disorders, are a persistent problem for nursing personnel as evidenced by the large number of lost work time cases among registered nurses (RNs) and nursing aides (NAs) reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) (U.S. Department of Labor [US DOL], BLS, 2001). However, musculoskeletal injury reports obtained from data collected for purposes other than population surveillance may not be the best indicator of the extent of this problem. Symptoms surveys not only more accurately describe the epidemiology of this problem, but also hold promise as outcome tools in ergonomic intervention studies.


Back – Wounds and injuries; Backache; Nurses; Overuse injuries


Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing | Other Nursing | Public Health and Community Nursing


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