Nurses’ beliefs about back pain, their coping strategies and participant activation for self-management

South African Journal of Physiotherapy

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Title Nurses’ beliefs about back pain, their coping strategies and participant activation for self-management
Creator Nkhata, Loveness A. Brink, Yolandi Ernstzen, Dawn Tsegaye, Diribsa Louw, Quinnette
Subject Physiotherapy; occupational health; Musculoskeletal disorders nurses; back pain; beliefs; coping strategies; participant activation; self-management
Description Background: Back pain affects nurses’ physical, social and emotional well-being, as they encounter difficulties in executing their social and occupational duties.Objectives: Our study investigated the impact of a cross-cultural back pain campaign on nurses’ beliefs about back pain; activating the participants to self-manage; coping strategies; sick leave claimed; and frequency of doctor visits.Method: A single sample pre- and post-test design was used. The intervention was a 12-week educational campaign based on evidence-based back pain messages. Primary outcomes were measured by their beliefs about back pain and their activation to self-manage. Analyses were conducted using SPSS version 27.0 software, and significant differences from before and after the campaign were analysed using the Chi-square test at a 0.05 significance level.Results: There were no significant differences in the age, gender and work hours of the nurses who participated before and after the campaign, except for their professional work settings ( 0.05). All secondary outcomes improved significantly after the campaign, and outcomes on beliefs about back pain showed significantly positive changes in six of the 14 items, while all questions pertaining to patient activation improved significantly.Conclusion: The 12-week back pain campaign, based on contextualised, evidence-based back pain messages for Zambian nurses, motivated the participants to self-manage their back pain. However, not all beliefs about back pain changed positively after the campaign.Clinical implications: The findings of this back pain education campaign show promise as a strategy to improve knowledge, behaviours and beliefs about back pain in African settings.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor Stellenbosch university NRF
Date 2022-10-20
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Quasi-experimental
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajp.v78i1.1622
Source South African Journal of Physiotherapy; Vol 78, No 1 (2022); 10 pages 2410-8219 0379-6175
Language eng
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Coverage Southern Africa Not applicable 20-60; Male and Female; African
Rights Copyright (c) 2022 Loveness A. Nkhata, Yolandi Brink, Dawn Ernstzen, Diribsa Tsegaye, Quinnette Louw