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Work. 2016;55(4):913-922. doi: 10.3233/WOR-162457.

Evidence-based ergonomics education: Promoting risk factor awareness among office computer workers.

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1
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Gaithersburg, MD, USA.
2
Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) related to computer work have become a serious public health concern. Literature revealed a positive association between computer use and WMSDs.

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this evidence-based pilot project was to provide a series of evidence-based educational sessions on ergonomics to office computer workers to enhance the awareness of risk factors of WMSDs.

METHODS:

Seventeen office computer workers who work for the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy volunteered for this project. Each participant completed a baseline and post-intervention ergonomics questionnaire and attended six educational sessions. The Rapid Office Strain Assessment and an ergonomics questionnaire were used for data collection.

RESULTS:

The post-intervention data revealed that 89% of participants were able to identify a greater number of risk factors and answer more questions correctly in knowledge tests of the ergonomics questionnaire. Pre- and post-intervention comparisons showed changes in work posture and behaviors (taking rest breaks, participating in exercise, adjusting workstation) of participants.

CONCLUSIONS:

The findings have implications for injury prevention in office settings and suggest that ergonomics education may yield positive knowledge and behavioral changes among computer workers.

KEYWORDS:

Musculoskeletal disorders; occupational therapy; prevention

PMID:
28059822
DOI:
10.3233/WOR-162457
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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