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TitleConstant negotiating : working with work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs)
AuthorSmith-Young, Joanne, 1953-
DescriptionThesis (M.N.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2009. Nursing
Paginationviii, 125 leaves
SubjectAdjustment (Psychology); Employees--Wounds and injuries; Musculoskeletal system--Wounds and injuries; Overuse injuries;
Subject.MESHCumulative Trauma Disorders--psychology
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. School of Nursing
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 92-117)
AbstractWork-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.
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SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
Local Identifiera3183732
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
CollectionElectronic Theses and Dissertations
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