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Table 1 Sociodemographic characteristics, prevalence rates of musculoskeletal and sleep disorders, general and job stress, and physical workload among health professionals

From: Work- and stress-related musculoskeletal and sleep disorders among health professionals: a cross-sectional study in a hospital setting in Switzerland

 Nurses (and midwives)PhysiciansTherapistsOther health professionalsAll health professionals 
n = 718n = 222n = 137n = 155N = 1232 
 N%N%N%N%N% 
Sex          **
 Female67594.514565.311583.913687.7107187.2 
 Male395.57734.72216.11912.315712.8 
Age          ***
 < 25 years7210.020.953.721.3816.6 
 25–34 years22130.87232.75238.95535.540032.6 
 35–44 years17324.17433.63827.94126.432626.5 
 45–54 years16422.94520.52619.13824.527322.2 
 55+ years8712.12712.31511.01912.314812.1 
Education
(highest level achieved)
          ***
 Low (1–4)273.8000272.2 
 Medium (5–6)21330.231.4128.83019.625821.3 
 High (7–10)34649.020.92820.45133.342735.2 
 Very high (11–12)12017.021297.79770.87247.150141.3 
Musculoskeletal disorders          ***
 None (0)11716.56630.33626.34126.526021.4 
 Minor to moderate (1–2)39856.311552.87454.08152.366854.9 
 Severe to very severe (3–4)19227.23717.02719.73321.328923.7 
Sleep disorders          n.s.
 Not at all (0)34047.910949.35640.96642.657146.7 
 A little (1)27338.58839.86346.06843.949240.2 
 Severe (2)9713.72410.91813.12113.516013.1 
General stress          n.s.
 Not at all to minimal (0–1)36353.210649.36649.67248.360751.5 
 Moderate (2)22933.66932.14433.15536.939733.7 
 Strong to very strong (3–4)9013.24018.62317.32214.817514.8 
Work stress          ***
 Very low (ERI ratio ≤ 0.8)436.52311.31914.73121.111610.2 
 Low (ERI ratio > 0.8–1)14622.04823.64031.03020.426423.1 
 Moderate (ERI ratio > 1–1.5)37957.210853.25643.46846.361153.5 
 High (ERI ratio > 1.5)9514.32411.81410.91812.215113.2 
Physical effort at work          ***
 No / low (0–1)8612.611151.25339.68356.833328.2 
 Medium (2–5)41660.810447.95742.55638.463353.6 
 High (6–12)18226.620.92417.974.821518.2 
Poor posture at work          ***
 Never to occasionally (0–1)51973.319489.811282.412382.694878.4 
 Regularly (2)12517.7167.42115.4149.417614.6 
 Frequently to permanently (3–4)649.062.832.2128.1857.0 
  1. Pearson’s chi-square test: *p ≤ .05; **p < .01; ***p < .001; n.s. = not significant (p > .05)