The work was performed in the following institutions: Loewenstein Rehabilitation Hospital, Ra'anana, Israel; Hadasim Nursing Home, Benei Braq, Israel; Beit Avraham Nursing Home, Haifa, Israel.
Rehabilitation versus Nursing Home Nurses' Low Back and Neck-Shoulder Complaints
Article first published online: 17 JUL 2014
© 2014 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 40, Issue 5, pages 286–293, September/October 2015
How to Cite
Alperovitch-Najenson, D., Sheffer, D., Treger, I., Finkels, T. and Kalichman, L. (2015), Rehabilitation versus Nursing Home Nurses' Low Back and Neck-Shoulder Complaints. Rehabilitation Nursing, 40: 286–293. doi: 10.1002/rnj.172
[The acknowledgments section in this article was changed on 9 September 2014 after original online publication.]
- Issue published online: 15 SEP 2015
- Article first published online: 17 JUL 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 26 MAR 2014
- The Legacy Foundation
- Loewenstein Rehabilitation Hospital
- the Israeli Ministry of Industry
- Trade and Labor, Israel
- work-related musculoskeletal complaints;
- harmful positions;
- nursing home
To compare the prevalence of those complaints in nurses working in rehabilitation departments and nursing homes, and to evaluate factors associated with them.
A cross-sectional study in rehabilitation and in nursing home departments.
Data were obtained from questionnaires relating to basic demographics, prevalence of musculoskeletal complaints, potentially harmful positions and actions and job satisfaction.
Multivariate analyses demonstrated higher work-related musculoskeletal complaints for nurses in rehabilitation than nursing home nurses (p = .012 for low back pain; p < .001 for neck-shoulder pain). Trunk bending, static posture, repetitive tasks, and recognition of superiors were associated with low back pain. Freedom to choose work techniques and degree of diversity at work were associated with neck-shoulder pain.
Differences between the nurse groups as to work tasks might be a reason for differences in musculoskeletal complaints. Further comparisons between nurses working in different fields might reveal more accurate potential risk factors for work-related musculoskeletal complaints.
Instruction for static/awkward posture avoidance, by using mechanical aids and designing a friendlier environment, should be part of a nursing staff injury prevention strategy.