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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 29-34

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders among clinical laboratory workers


College of Medicine, King Saud ben Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Atheer F AlNekhilan
King Saud ben Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ajm.ajm_67_19

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Aims and Objectives: The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence and risk factors of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) among clinical laboratory workers. Materials and Methods: This questionnaire-based cross-sectional study included the clinical laboratory departments of six governmental tertiary and secondary hospitals in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The selected instrument was a self-administered adapted standardized questionnaire. The sample comprised 306 laboratory workers, and the selected sampling technique was a non-random convenient method. Results: The overall prevalence of WMSDs in any body region was 82% in the last 12 months; it was mainly linked to lower back pain (61%). In the logistic regression, age <30 years, working in specific laboratories and working in hematology/flow-cytometry laboratory divisions were all found to be significant risk factors (P < 0.05). Conclusion: Clinical laboratory workers are at a high risk for WMSDs; it is essential that we take preventative action to address this.


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