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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 91-95

Headache among nursing staff

1 IV Year Student, College of Nursing, CMC, Vellore, India
2 Assoc Professor, College of Nursing, CMC, Vellore, India
3 Junior Lecturer, College of Nursing, CMC, Vellore, India
4 Professor, College of Nursing, CMC, Vellore, India
5 Professor, CMC, Vellore, India

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Headache disorders are a worldwide problem. It is the most common form of pain and a major reason for days missed at work or school as well as visits to the doctor. Headache among professionals can be disabling affecting their productivity at workplace. There is scarce data available to know the headache occurrence among health care workers particularly nurses. A cross-sectional study was done to assess the headache occurrence, experiences and management among nursing personnel working in neurology and polytrauma wards of a tertiary care centre in South India. Sixty nurses who fulfilled the inclusion criteria were selected by convenience sampling method. A self-reported, investigator prepared questionnaire was used for data collection. Majority of the nurses (85%) had headache 1- 4 times and 15% had more than 5 times in the preceding month. Among the subjects 75 % were able to tolerate the headache but 25% stated that headache was intolerable. It was identified that fatigue (15%) and inadequate sleep (48%) were the major triggers of headache. Among the subjects 40% used acetaminophen, 17% used pain balm and 26 % used combination of acetaminophen and pain balm for pain relief. Nursing is a profession that demands mental and physical etiquette for handling patient care activities. Therefore it is important to identify headache and its triggering factors to further prevent this distressing symptom.

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