Health problems among nursing workers in a haemodialysis service

Francine Cassol Prestes Carmem Lúcia Colomé Beck Tânia Solange Bosi de Souza Magnago Rosângela Marion da Silva Alexa Pupiara Flores Coelho About the authors

ABSTRACT

Objective

The aim was to measure work-related health problems among nursing workers at a haemodialysis unit in southern Brazil and associate these issues with the socio-occupational characteristics of the workers.

Method

This is a qualitative study conducted with 46 nursing workers. Data were collected using a general health questionnaire with socio-occupational information and a work-related health assessment scale. The data were subjected to descriptive, correlational, bivariate analysis with significance levels of 5% using Epi-info® and Predictive Analytics Software.

Results

Physical, psychological, and social problems were considered bearable, and job satisfaction was associated with current income and work absenteeism for health treatment (p< 0.05). Back pain (3.74 ± 2.04) and leg pain (3.48 ± 2.10) were considered severe. There was a direct correlation between the health issues (r> 0.31, p <0.05).

Conclusion

In spite of the positive results of the work-related health assessment among the studied population, the results confirm the need to promote the health of nursing workers.

Nursing; Occupational health; Renal dialysis; Nephrology nursing; Work

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