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Appl Ergon. 2006 Mar;37(2):201-10. Epub 2005 Jun 27.

Are simple feedback interventions involving workplace data associated with better working environment and health? A cluster randomized controlled study among Swedish VDU workers.

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  • 1Department of Occupational Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy at Göteborg University, UGOT, Box 414, S-405 30 Göteborg, Sweden. mats.eklof@ymk.gu.se

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To test whether feedback and discussion of ergonomic and psychosocial working environment data during 1 short session with individual, groups, or supervisors of VDU workers had effects on (1) the quality of implemented modifications in workplace design, working technique, or psychosocial aspects; (2) psychological demands, decision latitude, and social support; (3) comfort during computer work, emotional stress, and prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms or eye discomfort.

METHODS:

Thirty-six workgroups from 9 organizations were randomized to 3 feedback conditions (individual, workgroup, supervisor) or control. Follow-up was 6 months after intervention. Questionnaire data aggregated on the workgroup level were used.

RESULTS:

Effect (positive) on social support was indicated from feedback to supervisors.

CONCLUSION:

Feedback and discussion of ergonomic and psychosocial working environment data with supervisors of white-collar VDU workers may have positive effect on social support measured as a group characteristic. Sources of potential bias are discussed.

PMID:
15982632
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