Computer Ergonomic Practices and Musculoskeletal Complaints Among Computer Users in a Nigerian University Community

  • Toyosi Ayodeji Labeodan Department of Physiotherapy, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo state
  • Isaac O Olaseha Department of Health Promotion and Education, Faculty of Public Health, University of Ibadan, Ibadan
  • Olubukola A Olaleye Department of Physiotherapy, College of medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan
Keywords: Computer use, Ergonomics, Musculoskeletal Discomfort, Secretarial Staff, Training


Background and Objective: Over the past few decades, computer-based technology has become indispensable in most offices and has become part of the day to day operations in our Universities. With the increased proliferation of computer technology, there is concerns about its safe and comfortable use as many scientific studies have found various associations between computer use and musculoskeletal discomfort. This study was designed to document the computer ergonomic practices of secretarial staff within the university. Their expressed musculoskeletal complaints were also documented.

Method: The study was descriptive and cross-sectional in design. Purposive sampling technique was used to select 240 secretarial staffs who participated in the study. Random sampling technique was used to select thirty secretaries who were observed at their workstations, and 50 heads of department who were interviewed. Data was analysed using descriptive and chi-square statistics.

Results: The study revealed poor computer ergonomics practice, lack of training of computer users and non-availability of policies on computer ergonomics within the University. Majority (70%) had experienced musculoskeletal symptoms in the neck, shoulder, back and wrist during the 12 months preceding the study, which were attributed to computer use.

Conclusion: Computer ergonomic practices of secretarial staff within the university is poor. Computer ergonomic training should be organized for computer users within the university.

Author Biography

Toyosi Ayodeji Labeodan, Department of Physiotherapy, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo state
Principal Physiotherapist


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How to Cite
Labeodan, T. A., Olaseha, I. O., & Olaleye, O. A. (2013). Computer Ergonomic Practices and Musculoskeletal Complaints Among Computer Users in a Nigerian University Community. Nigerian Journal of Medical Rehabilitation, 16(1).
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