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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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GURGUEIRA, Giovana Pimentel  and  ALEXANDRE, Neusa Maria Costa. Medical reports recommending work restrictions at a teaching hospital in Brazil. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2006, vol.14, n.4, pp.510-516. ISSN 1518-8345.

This non-experimental and cross-sectional descriptive study aimed to evaluate medical reports recommending work restrictions for workers at a teaching hospital in Brazil. A form was used for data collection, characterizing the medical reports and work restrictions, with its content previously validated. A total of 176 medical reports was analyzed, containing 337 work restrictions, recommended from January 2001 to January 2004. The results demonstrated a high rate of work restrictions in the study hospital. The most restrictions frequent were ergonomic (78.6%), and the most often prescribed were: no weight lifting or carrying and no repetitive movements. There was an average of two restrictions per medical report, 79.5% of which were definitive and the mean restriction period was 13 months.

Keywords : hospital units; human engineering; occupational health; nursing.

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