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Disabil Rehabil. 2006 Dec 30;28(24):1563-6.

Work physical therapy and rehabilitation ergonomics: a review and discussion of the scope of the areas.

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  • 1Ergonomics Research Laboratory, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. evieira@ualberta.ca

Abstract

PURPOSE:

There has been a recent development of the work physical therapy area in Brazil. The relationship between work physical therapy and rehabilitation ergonomics needs to be highlighted to avoid segregation and fragmentation of these complementary fields. For these reasons, the purpose of this article was to review and clarify the scope of the areas of work physical therapy and rehabilitation ergonomics.

METHOD:

The available literature discussing the roles of the areas of interest was critically reviewed.

RESULTS:

Both areas are concerned with workers' health and safety and they complement each other.

CONCLUSIONS:

Work physical therapy can be considered as rehabilitation ergonomics practiced by physical therapists with their specific interests. Hopefully, this paper will contribute to further interaction between the areas of work physical therapy and rehabilitation ergonomics not only in Brazil but worldwide. This may contribute to improved occupational disability prevention and rehabilitation.

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17178620
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