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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(6), 562; doi:10.3390/ijerph14060562

Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders and Risk Factors among Chinese Medical Staff of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, School of Public Health, Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing 100191, China
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Shenzhen Prevention and Treatment Center for Occupational Diseases, Shenzhen 518020, China
These two authors contributed equally to the article.
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Received: 24 March 2017 / Revised: 30 April 2017 / Accepted: 20 May 2017 / Published: 26 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Global Health)
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Abstract

Medical staff in the department of obstetrics and gynecology are a group of professionals reportedly at high risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD), however, little is known about the current status of this problem in China. The aim of this study was to investigate prevalence and risk factors of work-related musculoskeletal disorders among this population in China. A self-developed questionnaire was distributed to 1017 obstetrics and gynecology practitioners to collect information on musculoskeletal symptoms and relevant factors. Prevalence and severity of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in different parts of the body were calculated and the relationship between personal and ergonomic factors and work-related musculoskeletal disorders was analyzed using Chi-square test and unconditional logistic regression models. The results indicated a high prevalence of 85.5% among the subjects, with the shoulder (n = 575, 62.0%), neck (n = 560, 60.3%) and lower back (n = 504, 54.3%) being the three most affected regions. Individual, postural, work-environmental as well as psychosocial factors were recognized to be associated with WMSDs in different body parts. Therefore, attention must be given to the problem of musculoskeletal disorders among Chinese obstetrics and gynecology staff. It is recommended to develop good life habits, improve work environment, adjust work organization as well as train on proper postures in their daily operation. View Full-Text
Keywords: obstetrics and gynecology staff; work-related musculoskeletal disorders; prevalence; risk factor; ergonomics obstetrics and gynecology staff; work-related musculoskeletal disorders; prevalence; risk factor; ergonomics
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Wang, J.; Cui, Y.; He, L.; Xu, X.; Yuan, Z.; Jin, X.; Li, Z. Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders and Risk Factors among Chinese Medical Staff of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 562.

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