Snurses’ beliefs about cause and prevention of occupational back pain

Philip Harber, Elizabeth Billet, Michael Vojtecky, Ellie Rosenthal, Steven Shimozaki, Mary Horan

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Nurses’ beliefs and attitudes about causes and prevention of occupational back pain of nurses (OBPN) were studied by interviewing 68 nurses using a semi-structured format. Direct patient contact activities, particularly patient transfers, were most frequently mentioned as causes of OBPN. Attitudes and beliefs about preventive methods focused upon personal work practices and personal behavior auch as choice of clothing and personal exercise. The findings of this study suggest that the causes of and preventive methods for OBPN identified by nurses differ from the actual work tasks performed and possibly associated with OBPN as determined by other studies. The authors postulate that nurse training and attitudes lead to a narrow focus; avoiding preconceived concepts is necessary for preventing OBPN.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)797-800
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Occupational Medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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