Musculoskeletal symptoms among Korean nursing students

Contemp Nurse. Jul-Aug 2005;19(1-2):151-60. doi: 10.5172/conu.19.1-2.151.

Abstract

We investigated the epidemiology of Musculoskeletal Symptoms (MSS) among Korean nursing students using a validated, questionnaire survey. Among 202 students, the prevalence of MSS at any body site ranged from 69.0% to 77.1% (overall rate: 73.3%). MSS was most commonly reported at the shoulder (46.0%), followed by the lower back (39.1%), neck (35.6%), feet (25.2%) and lower legs (23.8%). Logistic regression analysis indicated that students who undertook regular exercise were only half as likely to report an MSS at any body site (OR 0.5, 95% CI 0.2 - 0.9, P = 0.0350). Increasing body weight was also correlated with a decreased likelihood of MSS (OR 0.04, 95% CI 0.002 - 0.9, P = 0.0460). Overall, our study has shown that Korean nursing students report a high prevalence of MSS, when compared to their international counterparts. Their MSS burden is roughly comparable with Korean workers, in a variety of occupations. Further investigations will now be required to elucidate the contributory factors for nursing students' MSS in Korea, as elsewhere.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking / adverse effects
  • Attitude to Health
  • Body Weight
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate
  • Exercise
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Korea / epidemiology
  • Life Style
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / etiology
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / psychology
  • Obesity / complications
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology
  • Occupational Diseases / psychology
  • Population Surveillance
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Students, Nursing / psychology
  • Students, Nursing / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires