Hospital physical demands and non-specific low back pain

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Hospital low back pain (LBP) is a common cause of Occupational Health Department appointments. Physical demanding tasks at hospitals frequently give rise and/or worsen preventable occupational LBP episodes. 153 healthcare workers filled out a questionnaire gathering data on socio-demographic, work-related characteristics, general health, and LBP (LBP episodes in the last 12 months, pain severity, disability, and other occupational factors (DMQ)). Among these healthcare workers, 34% reported physical demanding jobs with a low physical intensity and 27% a moderate/highly physically demanding job. Results showed that, after adjusting for gender, two variables were associated with a decreased odds of having 3–6 LBP episodes per year; “sedentary work” (vs “work with high physical demands”) (OR = 0.18; 95%CI 0.04–0.88), and “work with light or moderate physical demands” (vs “work with high physical demands”) (OR = 0.20; 95%CI 0.06–0.67). These findings suggest that moderate physical demands at work and sedentary work, are associated with a lower frequency of LBP episodes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth and social care systems of the future
Subtitle of host publicationdemographic changes, digital age and human factors: proceedings of the Healthcare Ergonomics and Patient Safety, HEPS 2019
EditorsTeresa Patrone Cotrim, Florentino Serranheira, Paulo Sousa, Sue Hignett, Sara Albolino, Riccardo Tartaglia
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783030240660
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
EventInternational Conference on Healthcare Ergonomics and Patient Safety, HEPS 2019 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 3 Jul 20195 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357


ConferenceInternational Conference on Healthcare Ergonomics and Patient Safety, HEPS 2019


  • Ergonomics
  • Occupational health
  • Patient safety


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