The Role of the Work Context in Multiple Wellness Outcomes for Hospital Patient Care Workers
Published Date:Aug 2011
Source:J Occup Environ Med. 53(8):899-910.
Low Back Pain
Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)
Pubmed Central ID:PMC3693572
Funding:K05 CA108663/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
U19 OH008861/OH/NIOSH CDC HHS/United States
To examine the relationships among low back pain (LBP), inadequate physical activity, and sleep deficiency among patient care workers, and of these outcomes to work context.
A cross-sectional survey of patient care workers (N=1572, response rate=79%).
53% reported LBP, 46%, inadequate physical activity, and 59%, sleep deficiency. Inadequate physical activity and sleep deficiency were associated (p=0.02), but LBP was not significantly related to either. Increased risk of LBP was significantly related to job demands, harassment at work, decreased supervisor support, and job title. Inadequate physical activity was significantly associated with low decision latitude. Sleep deficiency was significantly related to low supervisor support, harassment at work, low ergonomic practices, people-oriented culture, and job title.
These findings point to shared pathways in the work environment that jointly influence multiple health and wellbeing outcomes.
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