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This trial has been registered retrospectively.
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  DRKS00014100

Trial Description

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Title

Developement of an applicable tool for measuring nurses' musculoskeletal workload on inpatient wards in acute care clinics

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Trial Acronym

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URL of the Trial

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Brief Summary in Lay Language

Caregivers are exposed to high workloads. Many suffer from musculoskeletal complaints and thus think that they will not be able to stay in their profession until retirement age. It is necessary to make the nursing profession more attractive and to lower the caregivers' workload to avert a shortage of nurses. This study aims to develop a tool to quantify the nurses' musculoskeletal load during their daily work on inpatient wards in acute care clinics. The tool is supposed to be extensively applicable, so that health care workers nationwide are able to measure ergonomic risk factors of caregivers in hospitals. This serves to detect high physical workloads, which can lead to an overstrain.
Finally, this tool will be testet upon its applicability and effectiveness on nurses in the university clinic of Jena, Germany.

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Brief Summary in Scientific Language

Caregivers are exposed to high workloads. Many suffer from musculoskeletal complaints and thus think that they will not be able to stay in their profession until retirement age. It is necessary to make the nursing profession more attractive and to lower the caregivers' workload to avert a shortage of nurses. This study aims to develop a tool to quantify the nurses' musculoskeletal load during their daily work on inpatient wards in acute care clinics. This tool is supposed to be extensively applicable, so that health care workers nationwide are able to measure ergonomic risk factors of caregivers in hospitals. This serves to detect high physical workloads, which can lead to an overstrain. It should not only focus on activities which involve peak loads, but should also include the cumulative musculoskeletal load of body regions at highest risk for MSD.
Finally, this tool will be testet upon its applicability and effectiveness on nurses in the university clinic of Jena, Germany.

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Organizational Data

  •   DRKS00014100
  •   2018/07/23
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  •   yes
  •   Approved
  •   4918-09/16, Ethikkommission der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena an der Medizinischen Fakultät
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Secondary IDs

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Health Condition or Problem studied

  •   M54 -  Dorsalgia
  •   M25.5 -  Pain in joint
  •   M79.1 -  Myalgia
  •   M51 -  Other intervertebral disc disorders
  •   M62 -  Other disorders of muscle
  •   M99 -  Biomechanical lesions, not elsewhere classified
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Interventions/Observational Groups

  •   Eight nurses are observed during four morning shifts on one nephrologic inpatient ward in the university clinic of Jena, Germany. One shift is divided into 16 intervals of 30 minutes each. During these intervals, the duration, frequency and intensity of musculoskeletal workload, such as bending and twisting of the trunk, patient transfers and manual materials handling is recorded by an observer.
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Characteristics

  •   Non-interventional
  •   Observational study
  •   Single arm study
  •   Open (masking not used)
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  •   Uncontrolled/Single arm
  •   Prevention
  •   Single (group)
  •   N/A
  •   N/A
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Primary Outcome

Testing the developed tool upon its applicability through an explorative observational study on general wards in the univerity hospital of Jena, Germany

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Secondary Outcome

tendencies of the measured musculoskeletal workload

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Countries of Recruitment

  •   Germany
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Locations of Recruitment

  • University Medical Center 
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Recruitment

  •   Actual
  •   2018/04/19
  •   8
  •   Monocenter trial
  •   National
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Inclusion Criteria

  •   Both, male and female
  •   18   Years
  •   60   Years
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Additional Inclusion Criteria

nurses working in hospitals on inpatient wards

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Exclusion Criteria

nurses working in an ICU, emergency unit, OR, endoscopy; mostly administrative tasks

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Addresses

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    • Institut für Physiotherapie Universitätsklinikum Jena
    • Ms.  Miriam  Popp 
    • Am Klinikum 1
    • 07747  Jena
    • Germany
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    • Institut für Physiotherapie Universitätsklinikum Jena
    • Ms.  Miriam  Popp 
    • Am Klinikum 1
    • 07747  Jena
    • Germany
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    • Institut für Physiotherapie Universitätsklinikum Jena
    • Ms.  Miriam  Popp 
    • Am Klinikum 1
    • 07747  Jena
    • Germany
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Sources of Monetary or Material Support

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    • Institut für Physiotherapie Universitätsklinikum Jena
    • Am Klinikum 1
    • 07747  Jena
    • Germany
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Status

  •   Recruiting complete, follow-up complete
  •   2018/04/24
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Trial Publications, Results and other Documents

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