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Table 3 Bivariate analyses of work-related risk factors for activity-limiting foot/ankle MSDs

From: Prevalence and risk factors for foot and ankle musculoskeletal disorders experienced by nurses

Risk factor n % OR CI (95%) Sig.
Level of nursing position      
  Level 1 212 76.8 Referent   0.49
  Level 2,3,4 64 23.2 1.29 (0.64, 2.62) 0.49
Location      
  Ward/Pool1/TASU2/other3 139 47.3 Referent   0.13
  Emergency 36 12.2 1.73 (0.66, 4.56) 0.27
  Intensive care 41 13.9 2.63 (1.12, 6.20) 0.03
  Theatre/Outpatients/Gastro4/DPC5 78 26.5 1.85 (0.88, 3.91) 0.11
Average hours worked per week      
  0-23 40 13.9 Referent   0.14
  24-31 40 13.9 1.76 (0.39, 7.93) 0.46
  32-39 130 45.3 2.94 (0.84, 10.30) 0.09
  40+ 77 26.8 3.49 (0.96, 12.74) 0.06
Hours worked last week      
  0-23 73 26.2 Referent   0.44
  24-31 48 17.2 1.87 (0.70, 5.02) 0.21
  32-39 81 29.0 1.24 (0.49, 3.13) 0.65
  40+ 77 27.6 1.87 (0.77, 4.54) 0.17
Time since last break from work      
  < 2 days 84 30.4 Referent   0.90
  2 days 74 26.8 1.04 (0.55, 1.94) 0.91
  > 2 days 118 42.8 1.13 (0.65, 1.98) 0.66
  1. 1Nursing Pool – Nurses allocated to different work areas each shift.
  2. 2Theatre Admission Supply Unit.
  3. 3Other – includes administration, Central Sterilising.
  4. 4Gastroenterology outpatients.
  5. 5Day Procedures Centre.