Relationship of sleep deficiency to perceived pain and functional limitations in hospital patient care workers
Published Date:Jul 2012
Source:J Occup Environ Med. 54(7):851-858.
Pubmed Central ID:PMC3720240
Funding:K05 CA108663/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
R01 HL107240/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS/United States
R01HL107240/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS/United States
U19 OH008861/OH/NIOSH CDC HHS/United States
Health care workers are at high risk of developing musculoskeletal symptoms and pain. This study tested the hypothesis that sleep deficiency is associated with pain, functional limitations, and work-interfering physical limitations.
Hospital patient care workers completed a survey (79% response rate) including measures of health, sociodemographic, and workplace factors. Associations of sleep deficiency with pain, work interference due to this pain, and functional limitations were determined.
Of 1572 respondents (90% women; mean age 41 years) fifty-seven percent reported sleep deficiency, 73% pain in last 3 months, 33% work interference, 18% functional limitation. Sleep deficiency was associated with higher rates of pain, work interference, and functional limitation controlling for socioeconomic, individual, and workplace characteristics.
Sleep Deficiency is significantly associated with pain, functional limitation and workplace interference, suggesting modifiable outcomes for workplace health and safety interventions.
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