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Title: Manual Handling and Transfer Task and Musculoskeletal Symptoms among Nurses at Ridge Hospital, Accra, Ghana
Authors: Lamuo Yellendii, Joseph
Nunoo, Edward
Keywords: Manual handling,
transfer task, and
musculoskeletal symptoms.
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 examined. 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. v 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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/13239
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