Introduction: Musculoskeletal disorders can be associated with various physical and psychological disorders
for the affected individuals.
Objectives: In the present study, the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders among nurses working in
emergency departments was studied.
Methods: The study was conducted in three teaching hospitals affiliated to Qazvin University of Medical
Sciences (2018-2019). Musculoskeletal disorders were studied among 100 nurses working in the emergency
department using Nordic questionnaire. Collected data were then analyzed using SPSS version 16.
Results: A total number of 100 nurses participated in this study. Among them, 83 of them were female. The
mean age of participants was 28.7±6.2 years. The most prevalent musculoskeletal disorders were in the
lumbar region (67%) and then in the neck, knees and shoulders, respectively. The results also showed that
rest, decreased activity, leaving the workplace, or inability to perform activity at work or home was occurred
after musculoskeletal disorders (30%). No significant relationship between demographic variables and the
prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders was observed (p>0.05).
Conclusion: The present study showed that prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders among emergency
nurses is high. Given the fact that a significant portion of hospital care services is provided by nurses, their
physical health should always be considered by managers and policy makers and the necessary measures
should be taken into account in this regard.