Work-Family Conflict, Task Interruptions, and Influence at Work Predict Musculoskeletal Pain in Operating Room Nurses

Nützi, Marina; Koch, Patricia; Baur, Heiner; Elfering, Achim (2015). Work-Family Conflict, Task Interruptions, and Influence at Work Predict Musculoskeletal Pain in Operating Room Nurses. Safety and health at work, 6(4), pp. 329-337. Occupational Safety and Health Research Institute 10.1016/j.shaw.2015.07.011

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BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to examine the prevalence of musculoskeletal complaints in Swiss operating room (OR) nurses, and to investigate how work-family conflict, work interruptions, and influence at work are related to lumbar and cervical back pain. METHODS: Participants in this correlational questionnaire study included 116 OR nurses from eight different hospitals in Switzerland. RESULTS: We found that 66% of the OR staff suffered from musculoskeletal problems. The most prevalent musculoskeletal complaints were lumbar (52.7%) and cervical pain (38.4%). Furthermore, 20.5% reported pain in the mid spine region, 20.5% in the knees and legs, and 9.8% in the hands and feet. Multiple linear regression analyses showed that work-family conflict (p < 0.05) and interruptions (p < 0.05) significantly predicted lumbar and cervical pain in OR nurses, while influence at work (p < 0.05) only predicted lumbar pain. CONCLUSION: These results suggest that reducing the work-family conflict and interruptions at work, as well as offering opportunities to influence one's workplace, help to promote OR nurses' health.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Work and Organisational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Elfering, Achim

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

2093-7911

Publisher:

Occupational Safety and Health Research Institute

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christin Gerhardt

Date Deposited:

23 Aug 2016 15:48

Last Modified:

23 Aug 2016 15:48

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.shaw.2015.07.011

PubMed ID:

26929846

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.86238

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/86238

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