Musculoskeletal disorders in the healthcare sector


A growing care burden, recruitment difficulties and an ageing workforce mean that musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are likely to become an increasingly difficult occupational safety and health challenge in the healthcare sector.

This discussion paper reviews the literature on musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in healthcare workplaces. It presents an overview of MSDs and their prevalence in the healthcare sector, reviews the risk factors and discusses effective interventions to prevent, reduce and manage MSDs in healthcare workplaces.

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