Musculoskeletal symptoms in midwives and work related contributory risk factors.
conference contributionposted on 2018-08-16, 13:53 authored by Kubra Okuyucu, Sue Hignett, Diane GyiDiane Gyi, Angie Doshani
This paper presents an exploration of work related musculoskeletal symptoms and contributory factors in midwives. Data were collected with a survey (n=635) and interviews (n=15). The survey results showed that the majority of midwives (92%) reported musculoskeletal discomfort within the last 12 months, most commonly for the low back, neck and shoulders. The suggested main contributory factors were awkward working positions, increased work load with longer shifts and fewer breaks, and less support leading to defensive practice. The results of this research indicate that musculoskeletal symptoms are a problem among midwives with serious impacts. Strategies should be developed to manage risk factors to improve patient safety and staff well-being.
Published in20th Triennial Conference of the International Ergonomics Association
CitationOKUYUCU, K. ... et al., 2018. Musculoskeletal symptoms in midwives and work related contributory risk factors. In: Bagnara S. ... et al. (eds) Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018). Cham: Springer, pp 54-59.
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Publisher statementThis is a pre-copyedited version of a contribution published in Bagnara, S. ... et al. (eds.) 20th International Ergonomics Association (IEA2018): Volume IX: Aging, Gender and Work, Anthropometry, Ergonomics for Children and Educational Environments published by Springer. The definitive authenticated version is available online via https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319960647
Book seriesAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing;820