Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/eb-2014-101905
  • Nursing issues
  • Longitudinal study

High prevalence of neck, shoulder and back pain among nursing graduates warrants preventive strategies during the degree and into working life

  1. Annalee Yassi
  1. School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  1. Correspondence to: Professor Annalee Yassi, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, 430-2206 East Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia , Canada V6T 1Z3; annalee.yassi{at}

Commentary on:

Implications for practice and research

  • 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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