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A survey of the incidence and causal factors related to occupational back pain in operating theatre nurses in a general acute hospital in Hong Kong

by Man, Mei-fun

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(Uncorrected OCR) Abstract of thesis entitled A Survey of the Incidence and Causal Factors Related to Occupational Back Pain in Operating Theatre Nurses in a General Acute Hospital in Hong Kong Submitted by MANMEIFUN for the degree of Master of Nursing at The University of Hong Kong in September 2005 This study aimed at verifying the severity of occupational back pain among operating theatre nurses in a general acute hospital in Hong Kong. It was an explorative design with quantitative survey to describe the incidence and causal factors related to occupational back pain. Using a previously developed instrument, 92 theatre nurses of all ranks including department manager, ward managers, nursing specialists, nursing officers, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses and enrolled nurses were surveyed. Incidence of back pain in the past two weeks was 35.1% while that in the past six months was 40.3%. Standard errors and confidence intervals were calculated using regression to study the association of back pain with variables related to work and i demographic conditions. Gender, job nature, headache history, cold history and checkups and illness history was significantly associated with back pain in the past two weeks as well as in the past six months respectively. Specific factors which claimed to be responsible for causing occupational back pain included moving equipment (41.6%), transferring patient between trolley and bed (36.4%), transferring patient to operation trolley (35.1%), carrying a piece of equipment weighting thirty pounds or more (33.8%), transferring patient in bed (e.g. positioning) (33.8%), carrying a piece of equipment weighting at least five pounds (32.5%), moving furniture (e.g. dressing trolley, drainage bottle) (28.6%), bending to lift an item from floor level (27.3%) and moving beds (26%). The results indicated that occupational back pain incidence was moderate. It was suggested that back pain among operating theatre nurses might have associations with some actual tasks and items related to work postures, work control, and work organization. Further studies, however, are necessary, as clear evidence of this potential association was not shown in the study.
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School:The University of Hong Kong

School Location:China - Hong Kong SAR

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:backache china hong kong operating room nurses health and hygiene

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Date of Publication:01/01/2005

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