Constant negotiating: working with work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs)

Smith-Young, Joanne (2009) Constant negotiating: working with work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs). Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) are common in workplaces where repetitive work is performed. Although these conditions have been recognized for a long time and studied extensively there are considerable gaps in the research on how workers who have developed a WMSD are able to remain at work and what strategies they use to make this possible. The purpose of this study was to develop an understanding of the psychosocial process or processes and the strategies used by employed injured workers in dealing with WMSDs. Specifically, the research question was, 'How are workers who have developed a WMSD able to remain at work and what strategies do they use to make this possible?' Grounded theory was used as the research methodology. Participants included twenty-five (16 male and 9 female) workers diagnosed with WMSDs who were currently employed in various workplaces in Newfoundland and Labrador. Constant negotiating was found to be the core category central to the process of remaining in the workplace that enabled workers to respond to social, health, and occupational environments. The process included five main phases: Becoming Concerned, Getting Medical Help, Dealing with the Workplace, Making Adjustments to Lifestyle, and Taking Charge, as well as various sub-phases. Findings from this study suggest important implications related to nursing practice, education, and research. Implications for employers are also included.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/9718
Item ID: 9718
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 92-117)
Department(s): Nursing, School of
Date: 2009
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Adjustment (Psychology); Employees--Wounds and injuries; Musculoskeletal system--Wounds and injuries; Overuse injuries
Medical Subject Heading: Cumulative Trauma Disorders--psychology

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