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|Title: ||Manual Handling and Transfer Task and Musculoskeletal Symptoms among Nurses at Ridge Hospital, Accra, Ghana|
|Authors: ||Lamuo Yellendii, Joseph|
|Keywords: ||Manual handling,|
transfer task, and
|Issue Date: ||17-Nov-2020|
|Abstract: ||This study assessed the prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms among nurses in Ridge
hospital, Accra, Ghana; identified the types of and most problematic manual handling activities
carried out at Ridge hospital; and determined the association between manual handling
tasks/patient transfer tasks and the risk of musculoskeletal symptoms.
A cross-sectional study was conducted on full-time nurses at the Ridge hospital using simple
random technique. A sample size of 211 nurses was drawn for the primary data with a response
rate of 95.2%. Information on the nurses' demographics and employment characteristics were
collected and analyzed to determine risk factors associated with musculoskeletal symptoms.
Ergonomic issues perceived by the nurses as factors causing musculoskeletal disorders were also
The study established that the prevalence of reported incidences of musculoskeletal disorders
(MSDs) among the nurses was 83.8% at a confidence interval of 95%. The most vulnerable
parts of the body affected were the back and shoulders, revealing a rate of 44.5% and 38.5%,
respectively. Female nurses were the worst affected at a percentage of 63.9% compared to their
male counterparts (36.1%).
The statistical analyses conducted showed no statistically significant association between manual
handling and musculoskeletal disorders. This, however, cannot be ignored. This finding reflects
the preposition that in delivering healthcare, the client nor the caregiver should not be harmed.
Self-reported musculoskeletal problems were prevalent in the back and shoulders. Other
perceived causes of musculoskeletal disorders involved ergonomic factors such as physical
factors, the layout of the workplace as well as workplace organizational structure.
Educational programme on early detection of musculoskeletal disorders; incorporation of a
comprehensive ergonomics training to improve manual handling techniques to decrease the rate
of occupational hazards and promote efficiency inpatient care are required.|
|Description: ||A thesis dissertation submitted to the School of Graduate
Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in
partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of
Master of Public Health and Environment, November, 2019.|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Health Sciences|
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