Prevalence of Low Back Pain amongst Workers at a Paediatric Hospital in Nairobi.
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Background: Back pain is a common complaint among working individuals worldwide. It is a significant cause of reduced work productivity and sick days. Methods: This was a prospective hospital based study done to determine the pattern of back pain amongst workers at a paediatric hospital in Nairobi. Results: Validated structured questionnaires were administered to 347 employees with a response rate of 19.3% The age range was 25 to 57 years with a mean of 34 years Females comprised 72.6% of the total with a Male to Female ratio of 2.6:1.Nurses comprised 42.2% of the total. 63.6% had suffered back pain in that year. 90.5% of back pain was located in the lower back. Conclusion: Back pain is a common affliction amongst staff especially the nursing staff. This is in keeping with other health Institutions around the world.