Background: Pharmacy personnel in hospitals are exposed to workplace hazards, especially biomechanical hazards which potentially cause musculoskeletal discomfort (MSD). Understanding of MSD can help prevent and control the problem. Objective: To study the prevalence and related factors of MSD among pharmacy personnel of King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital (KCMH). Methods: This study was a cross-sectional descriptive study with a sample size of 197 pharmacy personnel of KCMH. The participants were asked to fill in a self-reported questionnaire comprising of individual and occupational factors and MSD assessed by the modified Nordic questionnaire. Results: The pharmacy personnel have high prevalence of MSD. The 7-day and 12-month overall prevalence were 83.8% and 93.4%, respectively. The highest affected body site of MSD was the neck, followed by shoulders.The body part of highest prevalence of MSD was the trunk axis. Exercise was significant associated factor with 7- day overall MSD, and there were no statistically significant associated factors to 12 - month overall MSD. Conclusion: The MSD was common among pharmacy personnel at KCMH and thus medical surveillance of MSD should be done. Health promotion including exercise was recommended to prevent MSD among these personnel.
Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University
Jiamthubthugsin, Wiboon and Sithisarankul, Pornchai
"Prevalence and related factors of musculoskeletal discomfort among pharmacy personnel of King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital,"
Chulalongkorn Medical Journal: Vol. 65:
2, Article 1.
Available at: https://digital.car.chula.ac.th/clmjournal/vol65/iss2/1