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Risk factors for neck pain-induced disability among primary healthcare workers: A pilot study

Work. 2023 Mar 8. doi: 10.3233/WOR-220482. Online ahead of print.


BACKGROUND: Neck pain (NP) is associated with high disability rates among healthcare workers.

OBJECTIVE: To determine the potential risk factors associated with disability due to NP among healthcare staff working in primary care settings.

METHODS: This 30-day prospective cross-sectional study involved a survey of 63 healthcare personnel (55 women and 8 men aged 45.30±12.34 years) of two primary healthcare centers in Serbia, who completed a general questionnaire developed for this purpose along with the Neck Disability Index (NDI), whereby the potential predictors of NP-related disability were assessed using the statistical package SPSS ver. 24.

RESULTS: Female healthcare workers achieved a higher score on the NDI scale (Me = 8.00, p < 0.05), as did older respondents (r = 0.260, p < 0.05), those with longer work experience (r = 0.323, p < 0.05), and those that wear prescription glasses (Me = 9.00, p < 0.01). Higher NDI scores were also achieved by respondents that suffered from neck pain at the time of the study (Me = 12.50, p < 0.001), especially if they relied on pain medication (Me = 13.00, p < 0.05), and topical analgesic creams (Me = 12.50, p < 0.05) for treating neck pain.

CONCLUSION: Female sex, older age, greater work experience, current neck pain, use of pain-relieving medications and creams, and need for prescription glasses to correct vision increase the risk of disability due to pain in the cervical spine among healthcare workers.

PMID:36911959 | DOI:10.3233/WOR-220482

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