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[The prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms among ambulance personnel in a national subsample]

PÉK Emese, BÁNFAI Bálint, DEUTSCH Krisztina, JEGES Sára, BETLEHEM József

NOVEMBER 20, 2014

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2014;24(10-11)

[BACKGROUND - The ambulance workers face a lot of mental stress and physical demands in their everyday life. The physical demands can be originated from caring heavy equipment and moving patients. The poor mental health can strengthen physical problems, too. In this study our aim was to detect and compare the musculoskeletal status of ambulance personnel in two regions of Hungary. SAMPLE AND METHODS - On a voluntary base a cross-sectional anonymous, standardized self-fill-in questionnaire (Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire) was used with additional items. All ambulance personnel over 18 years old were involved in the study who worked in direct patient care either in the North-Hungarian or in the West-Hungarian Region of the country. RESULTS - In the regional representative sample N=810 workers answered our questions. Out of them 587 persons (72.5%) reported about some musculoskeletal problem during his lifespan. Most of them suffered from lower back pain (448 persons, 55%), back pain (318 persons, 39%), neck pain (250 persons, 30.9%). Parallel with the aging and with the time spent working for the ambulance service more and more overall discomfort can be detected (p=0.013; p=0.020). Having a second job affected the level and frequency of discomfort negatively (p=0.005). CONCLUSIONS - More than 70% of the ambulance workers experienced musculoskeletal problem during his emergency workers carrier which may worsen the quality of his work and his personal life. To handle the situation primary prevention, screening and possibilities for recreation should be forced among ambulance workers. ]

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