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Quality of life among district hospital nurses with multisite musculoskeletal symptoms in Vietnam

Abstract : BACKGROUND: Nurses are one of the population groups with the highest prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). At many sites, musculoskeletal symptoms (MS) represent a major health-care burden, adversely affecting nurses' quality of life and giving rise to mental health issues. OBJECTIVES: This study measured the prevalence of multi-body-site (two or more anatomical sites) musculoskeletal symptoms (MMS), and the association between MMS, a number of demographic and work characteristics, psychological distress, and the quality of life among district hospital nurses. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed with 1179 nurses in Haiphong City using three questionnaires: the Modified Nordic; Quality of Life Enjoyment and Satisfaction Short Form (Q-LES-Q-SF); and the Kessler Psychological Distress Questionnaire (K6). RESULTS: Women have a higher MMS prevalence than men (57.1% in women vs 37.6% in men, P < .001). Having a higher number of anatomical sites of MS appears to be associated with a worse quality of life among nurses. Linear regression analysis found a number of other factors negatively associated with the nurses' quality of life: gender (female), age (50-60 years old vs 19-29 years old), and psychological distress. CONCLUSIONS: This study shows a high prevalence of MMS and the relationship between, on the one hand, MMS, gender, age, as well as psychological distress and, on the other hand, the quality of life among nurses in Vietnam. Further in-depth studies are needed to investigate the causal relationships between these indicators. © 2020 The Authors. Journal of Occupational Health published by John Wiley and Sons Australia, Ltd on behalf of The Japan Society for Occupational Health.
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Thanh Hai Nguyen, Duc Luan Hoang, Thi Giang Hoang, Minh Khue Pham, van Khai Nguyen, et al.. Quality of life among district hospital nurses with multisite musculoskeletal symptoms in Vietnam. Journal of Occupational Health, Japan Society for Occupational Health, 2020, 62 (1), pp.e12161. ⟨10.1002/1348-9585.12161⟩. ⟨hal-02978682⟩

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