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Physical, organisational and social aspects of work significantly contribute to musculoskeletal pain in nurses, along with non-occupational contextual and personal factors.
Measures to prevent neck, shoulder and back pain in nurses should be implemented for nurses from the very beginning of their training programmes, while modifications to overtime work and physical loads should be seriously considered.
Preventive measures targeting overtime work, physical workload and psychosocial factors need investigating further.
Although back pain is known to be multifactorial, studies from across the globe have documented a higher prevalence among nurses.1 As nurses are in short supply globally, protecting the health of nurses at work is …
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