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Appl Ergon. 2013 May;44(3):414-22. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2012.10.004. Epub 2012 Nov 12.

The impact of a multifaceted ergonomic intervention program on promoting occupational health in community nurses.

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  • 1Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. rsgszeto@inet.polyu.edu.hk

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Community nurses are exposed to high physical demands at work resulting in musculoskeletal disorders. The present study examined the short- and long-term benefits of a multifaceted intervention program designed especially for community nurses in Hong Kong.

METHODS:

Fifty community nurses working in 4 local hospitals participated in the study. All of them underwent an 8-week intervention program consisting of ergonomic training, daily exercise program, equipment modification, computer workstation assessment and typing training.

RESULTS:

All participants showed significant improvement in musculoskeletal symptoms and functional outcomes comparing pre- and post-intervention results. Significant reduction in symptom score was observed at 1-year follow-up compared to post-intervention. Symptomatic group (n=40) showed more significant changes overall compared to asymptomatic group (n=10).

CONCLUSION:

Results support the positive benefits, both short- and long-term, of the multifaceted ergonomic intervention programme for community nurses.

PMID:
23153515
DOI:
10.1016/j.apergo.2012.10.004
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