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WORK-RELATED BACK PAINS FACTORS AND IT’S PERCEIVED EFFECTS ON NURSES IN FEDERAL MEDICAL CENTRE OWO, ONDO STATE, NIGERIA

Nurses are the leading workforce that experiences low back pains among health professional. This study assessed the
factors contributing to work-related low back pains and its perceived effects among nurses in Federal Medical Centre
Owo, Ondo state, using a descriptive research design. A convenient sampling technique was used to select a total of 97
nurses. Data were collected using a self-designed structured questionnaire with reliability index of 0.69. Data collected
were analyzed with SPSS using descriptive statistics and results were presented in tables and figure. The prevalence of
low back pains is found to be high. The following factors are identified to cause work-related low back pain among
nurses: standing for a long period of time without break, lifting and moving heavy patients or heavy medical equipments,
Organization of work, working conditions, staff shortage, working hour, that is, overtime, stress at work, on job training
on lifting of patients and improper work design. While the perceived impact of low back pain includes losses in number
of works, decreased work output and occupational disability. It is therefore recommended that Nurses should plan their
work and make proper organizational to prevent the occupational hazard of low back pain.

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