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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-7

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders among male health-care professionals in a private health care organization, India: Prevalence and associated risk factors


1 Department of Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics, Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition, Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. C M Shankar
Department of Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics, Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijptr.ijptr_45_20

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Context: The prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) is significant in many professions including health care. WMSDs among health-care professionals in developing countries like India are overlooked. Aims: This study aimed to assess the prevalence and risk factors of WMSD among health-care professionals. Settings and Design: A descriptive survey study design done at a private health-care organization. Materials and Methods: It was a descriptive survey study design involving 310 male health-care professionals working in a private health-care organization. Self-reported questionnaires included (i) Demographic information, (ii) Extended nordic musculoskeletal questionnaire, and (iii) Physical workload questionnaire. Statistical Analysis Used: The values were expressed in mean, frequencies, and percentages. Results: Of the 310 forms, 296 valid responses were considered for the analysis. The prevalence of WMSD was 46.28% with surgeons being most affected. The most frequent WMSD reported was low back pain (69.34%). Most frequently reported risk factor (52.55%) was “working in uncomfortable postures.” Conclusion: A high prevalence rate of WMSDs was found among the health-care professionals. Ergonomics including specific exercises and physical fitness programs for the employees are the important measures to be taken to prevent/control the WMSD.


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