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Assessment of Prevalence of Musculoskeletal Disorder, Health Seeking Behaviour and Associated Factors Among Taxi Drivers in Addis Ababa

Musculoskeletal disorder is common phenomenon among taxi drivers. However, there is shortage of data on musculoskeletal disorder among taxi drivers in Ethiopia. This study therefore aimed at determining the 12 -month prevalence of musculoskeletal disorder in different body parts, associated factors and health seeking behavior among taxi drivers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The community based cross-sectional study design involved 371 taxi drivers from five selected sub-cities in Addis Ababa. Data on Musculoskeletal disorders experience, perception and health seeking behavior was collected through interview using the structured and Standardized Nordic questionnaires for analysis of musculoskeletal disorder and health seeking behavior. Data was analyzed using descriptive and logistic regression. Majority of taxi drivers (55%) reported experience of MSD in the past 12 months and low back was the most commonly reported pain site. Longer driving years had statistically significant association with MSD than shorter driving years. Most of the taxi drivers used health facility, massage and hot water to alleviate their musculoskeletal pain. Our findings suggest that MSD is highly prevalent among taxi drivers in Addis Ababa and the most common MSD site is low back. Refreshment training may help to reduce risk factors of MSD among taxi drivers in Addis Ababa.

Musculoskeletal Disorder, Taxi Drivers, Prevalence, Health Seeking Behavior

APA Style

Aredo, M. T. (2024). Assessment of Prevalence of Musculoskeletal Disorder, Health Seeking Behaviour and Associated Factors Among Taxi Drivers in Addis Ababa. World Journal of Public Health, 9(1), 28-33.

ACS Style

Aredo, M. T. Assessment of Prevalence of Musculoskeletal Disorder, Health Seeking Behaviour and Associated Factors Among Taxi Drivers in Addis Ababa. World J. Public Health 2024, 9(1), 28-33. doi: 10.11648/j.wjph.20240901.14

AMA Style

Aredo MT. Assessment of Prevalence of Musculoskeletal Disorder, Health Seeking Behaviour and Associated Factors Among Taxi Drivers in Addis Ababa. World J Public Health. 2024;9(1):28-33. doi: 10.11648/j.wjph.20240901.14

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