The prevalence of work-related neck, shoulder and upper back musculo-skeletal disorders among midwives, nurses and physicians: a systematic review

Long, Maryann, Bogossian, Fiona and Johnston, Venerina (2013) The prevalence of work-related neck, shoulder and upper back musculo-skeletal disorders among midwives, nurses and physicians: a systematic review. Workplace Health and Safety, 61 5: 223-229. doi:10.3928/21650799-20130426-38

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Author Long, Maryann
Bogossian, Fiona
Johnston, Venerina
Title The prevalence of work-related neck, shoulder and upper back musculo-skeletal disorders among midwives, nurses and physicians: a systematic review
Journal name Workplace Health and Safety   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2165-0799
2165-0969
Publication date 2013-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3928/21650799-20130426-38
Volume 61
Issue 5
Start page 223
End page 229
Total pages 7
Place of publication Thorofare, NJ, United States
Publisher Slack
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract With the global shortage of health care workers predicted to worsen, attrition from the work force must be minimized. This review examined the incidence or prevalence of neck, shoulder, and upper back musculoskeletal disorders, a possible source of attrition, among midwives, nurses, and physicians. Four electronic databases were systematically searched for publications meeting inclusion criteria. Reference lists of retrieved articles were hand searched for additional articles. After eliminating articles that did not meet inclusion criteria, the remaining articles were assessed for quality and prevalence or incidence data were extracted. Twenty-nine articles published between 1990 and 2012 were included and assessed for quality. Median annual prevalence rates were 45% (neck), 40% (shoulder), and 35% (upper back). Methodological concerns included small sample size, inconsistency of outcome measures, likelihood of non-response bias, and low response rates. Midwives, who have not been well studied, demonstrated prevalence somewhat lower than that of nurses and physicians.
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