This study investigated the risk factors for low back pain among workers in hospitals in Ibadan under the Oyo State Hospital Management Board. A crosssectional survey was carried out using a two-part questionnaire. Six hundred and seventy-five questionnaires were circulated and self administered out of which 446 were duly completed and returned, representing a response rate of 66 %. The data was analysed with the statistical analysis system (SAS) using the chi-square contingency table technique with the level of significance set at 0.05. The point prevalence oflow back pain for the hospital workers was 20.6% while the 12-month prevalence was 47.8%. Job tasks which predisposed significantly to low back pain were: lifting (P < 0.01), bending (P < 0.01), and staying in the same position for over 3 hours (P < 0.01). It was recommended that this group of workers should adopt good lifting techniques associated with good postural awareness in bending.
Key words: low back pain, hospital workers, job tasks
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