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Mod Care J 2010, 7(1 And 2): 25-29 Back to browse issues page
Prevalence of herniated lumbar disk among nurses working in two educational hospitals of Birjand University of Medical Sciences
Z Ali abadi , S Kafaie , K Sarchahi , A Poor Sadegh , M Kazemi
BS of Nursing Birjand University of Medical Sciences , za_Aliabadi@yahoo.com
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  Background and Aim: Herniated disk is common among nurses, especially who are working in heavy and hazardous wards such as operation rooms, surgery, emergency wards and ICU. The present study was designed to determine prevalence of herniated lumbar disk among nurses working in two educational hospitals affiliated to Birjand University of Medical Sciences.

  Materials and Methods: This descriptive analyctical study was conducted in all nurses working in the two educational hospitals of the University of Medical Sciences. Data was collected by questionnaire that contained demographic information, Job experience, history of back pain, work shifts, symptoms of herniated lumbar disk and procedure of diagnosing herniated disk. After completing the questionnaires and evaluating them, those suspected to have herniated disk e.g. those suffering from back pain and who had the main signs of herniated disk were referred to a neurologist for final diagnosis. The data were analysed by chi-square test, t-test at α =0.05.

  Results: Prevalence of herniated lumbar disk among nurses in these two hospitals was 12.1% and prevalence of back Pain was 73%. Mean age of those having herniated disk and those not having it were 39±7.6 and 33±8.4 respectively, there is a significant difference (P=0.01). The prevalence of herniated disk in nurses working in morning shift and those working in other shifts were 38.5% and 8% respectively, that there is significant difference (P<0.001). Prevalence of herniated disk in nurses with more than 15 years job experience (23%) and in those with less than 15 years (8.1%) showed significant difference (P=0.01).

  Conclusion: According to the findings Prevalence of herniated disk is higher among nurses working in morning shift, have more than 15 years experience, and those working in heavy and hazardous wards. In order to reduce the incidence of this disease, nursing administrative should pay attention to periodic rotation of nursing personnel, increase of nursing personnel in morning shift and training about the principles of proper body mechanic.

Keywords: Herniated disk, Birjand, Nurse
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Received: 2012/09/25 | Accepted: 2012/10/15
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Ali abadi Z, Kafaie S, Sarchahi K, Poor Sadegh A, Kazemi M. Prevalence of herniated lumbar disk among nurses working in two educational hospitals of Birjand University of Medical Sciences . Mod Care J. 2010; 7 (1 and 2) :25-29
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