Factors Associated with Musculoskeletal Disorders among Health Science Student Tablet Users at Naresuan University Factors Associated with Musculoskeletal Disorders among Tablet Users

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Suwalee Namwongsa

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Introduction: Tablet users have increased substantially in recent years, particularly among university students. When people use their tablets incorrectly, it can lead to musculoskeletal diseases. Objective: this study was to investigate the relationship between personal factors, physical factors, and psychosocial factors associated with musculoskeletal disorders in Health Science Student tablet users at Naresuan University. Methods: Three hundred and eighty participants were asked to complete the “Musculoskeletal Disorders in Health Science Student-Tablet Users” questionnaire. After that, all data was analyzed by using multinomial logistic regression. Results: The result reported that personal factors (height, faculty, alcohol drinking behavior, underlying disease, and previous accident) and physical factors (posture during tablet usage, and repetitive movement) were significant (p<0.05), but there was no significance between psychosocial factors and musculoskeletal disorders (p<0.05). Conclusion: Personal factors and physical factors in Health Science student tablet users at Naresuan University are related to their musculoskeletal disorders. Therefore, the results of this study can be used as basic information for developing an appropriated program for promoting, preventing, treating, and rehabilitating among tablet users with musculoskeletal disorders.

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