Work-related musculoskeletal disorders among medical staff in a radiology department

Hung Wen Kao, Dah Shyong Yu, Ching Jiunn Wu, Chien Cheng Lai, Meei Sjyuan Lee, Chung Ping Lo, Chun Jen Hsueh, Chun Jung Juan, Cheng Yu Chen, Guo Shu Huang

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Background: The aim was to investigate the association between musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) and work-related risk factors in the medical staff in a single radiology department. Methods: The study was conducted in a radiology department with 107 staff members. A self-administered, modified Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire was used to determine work practices, work descriptions, prolonged postures and movements, and body pain. Ninety-seven questionnaires (93.3% response) were returned for analysis. Results: The majority of respondents (77.3%) reported at least one episode of body pain during the previous year. Less than half (44.3%) of respondents were able to have time off during work shifts, and 42.3% worked more than eight hours per shift. Pain in the neck or shoulder (61.9%) was the most common complaint. There was a lower incidence of body pain for staff members who could arrange at least some time off during the work shift than for staff unable to do so. Conclusions: MSD among staff in the radiology department were related to work posture and movement. Time off taken during a work shift appeared to be a protective factor lowering the incidence of pain in all parts of the body.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-124
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Medical Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Occupational risk factor
  • Radiology department

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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