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Danish observational study of eldercare work and musculoskeletal disorders (DOSES)

In general Social care workers have a physical demanding work and many experience musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) at some point in their work life. MSD have an important influence at the workers work ability, quality of life and risk of long-term sickness absence.
There are several reasons for development of MSD. At the NRCWE we have built a vast knowledge within this area. Although initiatives to prevent MSD in elder care have been implemented, we know from studies that the incidences of MSD among social and health care workers have remained at an unchanged high level. There is a need for greater insight into and understanding of the factors that are critical to the occurrence of MSD and which course and consequences it has. With this project we will attack three key limitations of the previous research:

  1. We measure the work environment with direct workplace observations and not only by the employees' self-assessments.
  2. We measure MSD continuously throughout the period of data collection and not only at the start and end time.
  3. We investigate how both the physical and psychosocial work factors alone and together affect MSD.
    The overall objective of the project is to create more qualified knowledge of how the physical and psychosocial work environment affect the development and consequences of MSD among social and health care workers in nursing homes.
Contact: Kristina Karstad

National Research Centre for the Working Environment | Lersø Parkallé 105 | DK-2100 Copenhagen O | Denmark |

Phone +45 3916 5200 | fax +45 3916 5201 | e-mail: | CVR: 15413700 | EAN: 5798000399518

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