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Table 1 Characteristics of nursing staff, by care setting

From: Back disorders and lumbar load in nursing staff in geriatric care: a comparison of home-based care and nursing homes

  Total n = 1390 % Nursing homes n = 1126 % Home care n = 264 % p-value 1
Female gender 88 87 90 >0.05
Age (years)     
- under 30 18 18 15  
- 30 to 49 60 59 68  
- over 50 22 23 17 <0.05
School educational level (years)     
- Low (≤9) 37 40 26  
- Medium (10-11) 45 43 52  
- High (≥12) 18 17 22 <0.001
Nursing degree     
- Registered nurse 26 20 50  
- Registered geriatric nurse 34 37 20  
- Nursing aides', assistant nurses 21 24 10  
- Nursing auxiliaries 19 19 20 <0.001
Full-time employment (≥ 35 h/week) 49 53 31 <0.001
Number of residents per shift (including those requiring intensive care in %)     
- ≤10 (≤50%) 30 26 52  
- ≤10 (>50%) 12 13 4  
- >10 (≤50%) 39 38 42  
- >10 (>50%) 19 23 2 <0.001
Support possible from another nurse 86 95 50 <0.001
Participation during the preceding 12 months in measures to prevent back disorders     
- No measure 62 63 57  
- Primary preventive measure2 29 27 36  
- Secondary preventive measure3 9 10 7 <0.05
  Median (Quartile) Median (Quartile) Median (Quartile)  
Years worked in the nursing profession 11 (6-20) 11 (6-19) 16 (8-24) <0.001
  1. 1Chi square test for differences between nursing staff in nursing homes and home care.
  2. 2Participation in workplace prevention program (use of low tech ergonomic aids, back school).
  3. 3Treatment in a rehabilitation program for back disorders, consultation with the facility physician.