Beyond back pain: What do we know about musculoskeletal disorders among nurses? Helen Harcombe

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Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), such as low back pain, are common among nurses – other conditions are also important but have not been given the same attention. This presentation will draw on a body of quantitative and qualitative work focused on musculoskeletal disorders among nurses to discuss the impact of these conditions, interventions that have been undertaken to try to address this issue and potential future directions.

Helen is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago. She has a clinical background as a physiotherapist and a PhD in public health.  As a physiotherapist, she spent many years treating people with a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Combining her clinical experience with her research expertise in epidemiology Helen has completed a number of projects focused on musculoskeletal disorders among nurses. She also undertakes injury research more broadly where she is interested in understanding and optimising people’s experience after they have been injured, with a particular focus on subsequent injury prevention.