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Objectives: Low back pain is a major occupational problem especially among nursingstaff. The objectives of our study are to evaluate the prevalence of low backpain among nurses and to look for physical and psychosocial risk factors. Methods:It is a cross-sectional study based on a self-administered questionnaire destined for all nursesworking in Farhat HachedTeaching hospital of Sousse Tunisia. Results: Our study included 203nurses with an average age of 39.8 years. The prevalence of low back pain overthe last twelve months was 58.1%. The factors that are significantly associatedto low back pain were: high BMI, number of pregnancies, arthritis, poor physical condition, daily frequency ofinappropriate posture for the activity being performed, and the layout ofmaterials in the workplace. Conclusion: Our study evidenced the highprevalence of LBP among nurses and allowed bringing to light the role ofindividual and ergonomic physical factors in the genesis of LBP. Suchidentification permits to undertake targeted preventive actions. The association between psychosocialfactors and LBP was not emphasized.


Low Back Pain, Prevalence, Nurses, Physical Factors, Psychosocial Factors

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Boughattas, W. , Maalel, O. , Maoua, M. , Bougmiza, I. , Kalboussi, H. , Brahem, A. , Chatti, S. , Mahjoub, F. and Mrizak, N. 2017 Low Back Pain among Nurses: Prevalence, and Occupational Risk Factors. Occupational Diseases and Environmental Medicine, 5, 26-37. doi: 10.4236-odem.2017.51003.

Autor: Wided Boughattas1*, Olfa El Maalel1, Maher Maoua1, Iheb Bougmiza2, Houda Kalboussi1, Aicha Brahem1, Souhaiel Chatti1, Fethi Mahjo

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