Musculoskeletal symptoms and presentism among professionals of public health management of Belem-PA, Brazil

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William Rafael Almeida Moraes
Laura Maria Tomazi Neves
Rita Cristina Cotta Alcântara

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Introduction: Work-related musculoskeletal disorders affect the performance of workers and can increase presenteeism, a condition in which the employee comes to the workplace but does not produce satisfactory results because he is ill. Objective: To identify the prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms and its association with presenteeism among public health management professionals of Belem-PA, Brazil. Methods: Cross-sectional study carried out with 88 professionals from the Municipal Health Department of Belem. A sociodemographic questionnaire was used to characterize the sample; the Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire to identify the prevalence of pain, numbness, and tingling symptoms in the body; and the Stanford Presenteeism Scale to characterize presenteeism. Associations between variables were analyzed using a 5% significance level. Results: Musculoskeletal symptoms in the upper and lower back were the most prevalent. Presenteeism was significantly associated with daily workload, physical activity, and the presence of diagnosed musculoskeletal diseases or injuries. In the past 12 months, musculoskeletal symptoms in the neck, upper and lower back, wrists/hands, and hips/thighs have been associated with presenteeism. In the past 7 days, presenteeism has been associated with symptoms in the upper back and lower back. Conclusion: The most prevalent musculoskeletal disorders in health management professionals are associated with presenteeism.

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Moraes, W. R. A., Neves, L. M. T., & Alcântara, R. C. C. (2021). Musculoskeletal symptoms and presentism among professionals of public health management of Belem-PA, Brazil. ABCS Health Sciences, 46, e021210. https://doi.org/10.7322/abcshs.2020026.1467
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