Stress from working conditions among home care personnel with musculoskeletal symptoms

A large proportion of the working population experiences musculoskeletal symptoms, which affect the individual’s quality of life

Christine Brulin

2003

Scholarcy highlights

  • A large proportion of the working population experiences musculoskeletal symptoms, which affect the individual’s quality of life
  • Neck/shoulder and/or low back complaints are common among home care personnel
  • This occupational sector is characterized by high physical and psychosocial demands and the staff is typically female. The aim of this qualitative study was to gain a deeper understanding of those factors in the work environment of home care personnel that the individuals perceive as demanding and problematic
  • Eight employees in the home care service were interviewed in depth
  • Stress, related to demanding physical and psychosocial working conditions, emerged as the core variable that probably contributed to the development and maintenance of musculoskeletal symptoms
  • Financial cut‐backs at the municipality was seen as a cause of the demanding working conditions
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