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Volume 1, Issue 1 (Journal of Ergonomics 2013)                   Iran J Ergon 2013, 1(1): 23-32 | Back to browse issues page

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Ali Arabian F, Motamedzade M, Golmohammadi R, Moghim Beigi A, Pir Hayati F. The Impact of Ergonomics Intervention on Musculoskeletal Disorders among Nahavand Alimoradian Hospital Staff. Iran J Ergon. 2013; 1 (1) :23-32
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1- Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Iran
2- Ergonomics Department, School of Health and Research Center for Health Sciences, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran , motamedzade@yahoo.com
3- Department of Occupational Hygiene, School of Health and Research Center for Health Sciences, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran
4- Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, School of Public Health and Center for Health Research, Hamadan University of Medical
5- Nahavand Health Center, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Iran
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Introduction: One of the major problems in hospitals leading to high prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders among the health staff is associated with patients handling. This study was aimed to reduce musculoskeletal disorders using ergonomic intervention among Nahavand Alimoradian hospital staff.

Material and Methods: This study was conducted in four wards of 160-bed Nahavand Alimoradian hospital. The data collecting tool was Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire. SPSS software was used for data analysis. The questionnaire was completed, before and after educational intervention, for 46 employees of the four wards which had the most complaints about musculoskeletal disorders. Training classes were held for the target group covering prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, proper techniques for patient handling and stretching exercises for low back pain prevention.

Results: The main results tended to be the high prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders especially in low back, shoulders and wrists of the employees. Low back pain was the most prevalent disorder among the personnel. The educational intervention had not significant effect on lessening the musculoskeletal disorders in hospital staff (p > 0.05).

Conclusion: At present, regarding enhancements in healthcare procedures, there is an urgent need to ergonomic intervention in the design of environment, tools and equipment concurrent with educational intervention. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE FA
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Type of Study: Research |
Received: 2013/09/14 | Accepted: 2013/09/21 | ePublished: 2013/09/21

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