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Title: A qualitative study exploring influences on physical activity for musculoskeletal health among Thai surgical nurses
Author: Chaisurin, Patcharin
ISNI:       0000 0004 7972 1512
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2019
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Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) constitute a major problem in many countries, with substantial costs and impact on quality of life. Professional nurses represent a large group regularly affected by WMSDs; surgical nurses are more likely to have musculoskeletal disorders than those working in other hospital areas. In relation to WMSDs, the evidence indicates that participation in physical activity may have a preventative effect; however, the concept of physical activity for musculoskeletal health remains immature and poorly. Therefore, analysis of the conceptual maturity of physical activity for musculoskeletal health was a part of this study. In addition, the factors influencing engagement in and the nature or form of physical activity participation amongst Thai surgical nurses were explored. As part of the concept analysis, the preconditions, characteristics, outcomes and consequences of the concept were explored. An in-depth exploration of the factors influencing physical activity amongst Thai surgical nurses was undertaken, utilising semi-structured interviews with 20 Thai surgical nurses. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using thematic analysis. The major factors influencing physical activity participation among this group of Thai surgical nurses involved perceived health benefits, leisure time for exercise, environmental constraints, and occupational factors. The data elicited from interviews aligns with the findings from the concept analysis, in which the participants with musculoskeletal injury undertook physical activity in order to promote recovery from their health problems, and as a strategy to be as healthy as possible. The results of this study may help in the planning and implementation of appropriate physical activity interventions among this group of Thai surgical nurses.
Supervisor: Borthwick, Alan ; Bacon, Dawn-Anne Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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