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Table 3 Explaining musculoskeletal disorders – results of multiple linear regression analyses

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

(Dependent variable:)
Musculoskeletal disorders
 (two-item scale from 0 ‘none’ to 4 ‘very severe’)
Nurses (and midwives)PhysiciansTherapists and other health professionalsAll health professionals
n = 718n = 222n = 292N = 1232
beta coeff. (β)beta coeff. (β)beta coeff. (β)beta coeff. (β)
(Independent variables:)
General stress
 (single-item scale from 1 ‘not at all’ to 5 ‘very strong’)
.14***.13.22***.15***
Work stress
 (ERI ratio from 0.3 ‘lowest’ to 3.7 ‘highest’)
.08.23**.02.09**
Physical effort at work
 (three-item scale from 0 ‘lowest’ to 12 ‘highest’)
−.01.07−.05−.01
Poor posture at work
 (single-item scale from 0 ‘never’ to 4 ‘permanently’)
.35***.17*.26***.31***
(Control variables:)
Sex (male)−.05−.13−.24***−.13***
Age (< 25, 25–34, 35–44, 45–54, 55+).02.03−.07.00
Educational level (scale from 1 ‘low’ to 4 ‘very high’)−.04−.03−.05−.06
 Adjusted R square.194.142.208.204
 No. cases in model5781862521009
  1. *p ≤. 05; **p < .01; ***p < .001; no * = not significant (p > .05)