Musculoskeletal injuries among operating room nurses: Results from a multicenter survey in Rome, Italy

Umberto Moscato, Daniela Trinca, Maria Luisa Rega, Alice Mannocci, Giacomina Chiaradia, Giovanni Grieco, Walter Ricciardi, Giuseppe La Torre

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Aim: Chronic disorders of the musculoskeletal system, particularly low back pain (LBP), are increasing and represent a social and economic problem of growing importance, especially if correlated with working conditions. Health care workers are at higher risk of developing LBP during work shifts in the hospital. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of LBP among operating room nurses and to investigate the risk factors for musculoskeletal injuries in the operating room. Methods: We carried out a cross-sectional study that included operating room nurses from nine hospitals. Information on sociodemographic characteristics, lifestyle habits, working activity and psychological attitude of nurses was collected using an anonymous self-administered structured questionnaire. We evaluated the association of frequency, localization and intensity of LBP (FLI) with qualitative variables, making use of univariate analysis, chi-square test and Fisher's exact test. Multiple logistic regression analysis was performed to identify the variables that affected the FLI. The covariates included in the model were the variables that had a p∈35 years vs. age∈

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-459
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Public Health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010


  • Low back pain
  • Nurses
  • Operating theater

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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