Midwives' experiences of work-related shoulder musculoskeletal problems

Long, Maryann H., Bogossian, Fiona E. and Johnston, Venerina (2013) Midwives' experiences of work-related shoulder musculoskeletal problems. International Journal of Childbirth, 3 1: 52-64. doi:10.1891/2156-5287.3.1.52

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Author Long, Maryann H.
Bogossian, Fiona E.
Johnston, Venerina
Title Midwives' experiences of work-related shoulder musculoskeletal problems
Journal name International Journal of Childbirth   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2156-5287
2156-5295
Publication date 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1891/2156-5287.3.1.52
Volume 3
Issue 1
Start page 52
End page 64
Total pages 13
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer Publishing Company
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
INTRODUCTION: Little is known about musculoskeletal disorders in midwives as distinct from
nurses. The study objective was to gain an understanding of midwives’ experiences with work-related
shoulder problems.
METHODS: We carried out semistructured interviews with 11 qualified Australian midwives with a
history of shoulder problems, recruited through purposive sampling. Interviews were recorded, transcribed
verbatim, and manually coded. An inductive approach was used to generate themes.
RESULTS: Five major themes emerged in the analysis: attribution, universality of the experience, shortterm
coping, long-term coping, and support. Most participants held the view that musculoskeletal
problems were normal occurrences and to be expected. Participants felt vulnerable and described the
ways they protect themselves from further injury. Those who had left midwifery practice had generally
done so for reasons other than the shoulder problem. Family members and coworkers were the main
sources of support, whereas most supervisors were perceived as neutral at best.
CONCLUSIONS: Coping strategies that enhance well-being may be most effective. The workplace culture
must encourage injury reporting to monitor safety issues and decrease costs at all levels. The study
findings suggest several areas for future research in midwives to provide an evidence base for prevention/
intervention strategies.
Keyword Midwives
Musculoskeletal disorders
Occupational
Qualitative
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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Created: Thu, 14 Mar 2013, 09:05:57 EST by Dr Fiona Bogossian on behalf of School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work