Risk factors associated with work-related musculoskeletal disorders among female flight attendants: using a focus group to prepare a survey

AAOHN J. 2006 Apr;54(4):154-64. doi: 10.1177/216507990605400405.


In preparation for surveying female flight attendants about work-related musculoskeletal disorder risk factors and symptoms, a focus group study was completed with members of the target population. The aims of this study were to ensure completeness of a previously developed list of physically strenuous job tasks performed by female flight attendants and assess the clarity, appropriateness, and applicability of existing self-reported measures to be used in the survey. Female flight attendants who worked one or more long-haul international flights in the prior 3 months and 75 or more hours in the prior month were recruited from the union membership. A trained moderator led a 2-hour discussion with the flight attendants. With use of a transcript-based analysis, a final list of 41 job tasks was created. Useful comments on a set of self-reported measures were obtained. The

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Aviation*
  • Data Collection / methods
  • Ergonomics
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Job Description
  • Lifting
  • Middle Aged
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / etiology*
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / prevention & control
  • Nurse's Role
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology*
  • Occupational Diseases / prevention & control
  • Occupational Health
  • Occupational Health Nursing / organization & administration
  • Risk Assessment
  • Social Support
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time and Motion Studies*
  • United States
  • Women's Health
  • Women, Working / psychology*