Prevalence and risk factors for neck pain among health care workers.

  • Kanagalakshmi V Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
  • Divya Elizabeth Muliyil Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
  • Reginald Alex Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
  • Henry Kirupakaran Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
  • Judy Ann David Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
  • Jacob John Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
Keywords: Ergonomics, Musculoskeletal Diseases, Work Related Neck Pain, Risk Factors

Abstract

Background: Work related neck pain (WRNP) is common among professionals. Its cause is multifactorial and results in loss of productivity and avoidable morbidity. Aims & Objectives: To estimate the prevalence and risk factors of WRNP among the support staff of a tertiary hospital. Material & Methods: 558 support staff were randomly selected to estimate the prevalence of neck pain. Staff with severe WRNP were then included in a nested case control study to identify risk factors. Results: 37% of workers reported neck pain in the preceding 3 months. Female gender, improper posture, jobs requiring repetitive movements, perception of decreased job control, high body mass index and psychosocial stress were identified as the significant risk factors. Conclusion: Better ergonomics, improving the perception of job control and encouraging micro breaks during the work time may decrease WRNP.

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Published
2019-01-31
How to Cite
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V K, Muliyil D, Alex R, Kirupakaran H, David J, John J. Prevalence and risk factors for neck pain among health care workers. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 31Jan.2019 [cited 19Feb.2019];30(4):377 -380. Available from: http://www.iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/874
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Short Article