New Zealand nurses to take part in international occupational health study.
The study will look at cross-cultural differences in musculoskeletal symptoms and disability. Countries from Scandinavia, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America are included in the study. The study will look at base-line MSDs and MSDs that develop during the year-long study period. "We will be interested in how rates vary and whether or not a tendency to worry about health predicts if chronic pain is likely. If it is, we may have to re-think they way we try to intervene with MSDs," McBride said.
How the New Zealand nurses in the study were to be recruited had yet to be decided. They may all work at one major district health board (DHB) or throughout a number of DHBs. Once that has been decided, questionnaires would be sent to participants asking for baseline MSD information. The questionnaire would be replicated after one year.
It is hoped funding for the New Zealand study will come through the Health Research Council but it may have to come from internal university funding. McBride hopes to apply for ethical approvals before the end of the year.
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|Title Annotation:||NEWS AND EVENTS|
|Publication:||Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand|
|Date:||Nov 1, 2005|
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