Title of article :
Analyzing musculoskeletal system discomforts and risk factors in computer-using office workers
Ardahan, Melek Department of Public Health Nursing - Ege University, Faculty of Nursing, İzmir, Turkey , Simsek, Hatice Department of Public Health Nursing - Ege University, Faculty of Nursing, İzmir, Turkey
Objective: This study analyzed the prevalence of work-related computer-user musculoskeletal discomforts,
personal and computer-related risk factors.
Methods: A cross-sectional survey on 395 office workers was made between July-September 2015.
Musculoskeletal symptoms and risk factors were evaluated for participants’ demographics and job attributes
on the 21-item questionnaire and the Turkish-Cornell Musculoskeletal Discomfort Questionnaire.
Results: Participants reported musculoskeletal symptoms in the neck (67.85%), back (66.33%), lower back
(59.49%), right shoulder (45.32%) and left shoulder (43.54%) during the past week and work interference
was 33.6%, 28.5%, 30.6%, 31.3% and 31.9%, respectively. Musculoskeletal discomfort risks were being male,
increasing daily computer usage, feeling computer-usage discomfort, hours working at desk and having
knowledge about ergonomic exercises.
Conclusion: Musculoskeletal symptoms are common in Turkish office workers and indicated the need for
more attention to musculoskeletal disorders and designing effective preventive interventions.
Musculoskeletal discomfort , Computer-usage , Office workers
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