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Physiother Res Int. 2018 Oct;23(4):e1738. doi: 10.1002/pri.1738. Epub 2018 Aug 20.

A systematic review on workplace interventions to manage chronic musculoskeletal conditions.

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1
Department of Physiotherapy, Coventry University, Coventry, UK.
2
School of Life Sciences, Coventry University, Coventry, UK.
3
Occupational and Environmental Medicine Centre, County Council of Östergötland, Linköping, Sweden.
4
Unit of Intervention and Implementation Research Institute for Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE:

A review to investigate whether there are effective workplace interventions that manage chronic musculoskeletal disorders.

METHODS:

The literature search included published articles between 2008 and 2017. The databases used in this search were MEDLINE, Scopus, CINAHL, AMED, PsycINFO, Academic Search Complete, Cochrane, and PEDro. A limited search on websites for relevant grey literature was also conducted.

RESULTS:

The review included 12 studies that investigated effectiveness of a specific strength exercise programme or interventions provided by health professionals at the workplace when compared with controls or interventions not at the workplace. Seven studies were classified as high quality (>85% of criteria met) and five studies were classified as acceptable. Studies were heterogeneous preventing a meta-analysis. No intervention was clearly superior to another.

DISCUSSION:

There was some consistency in the results of the selected studies, suggesting that workplace interventions such as high-intensity strength exercises and/or integrated health care can decrease pain and symptoms for employees who experience long-term musculoskeletal disorders. However, the current research is limited.

KEYWORDS:

chronic musculoskeletal disorders; management; systematic review; workplace

PMID:
30126016
DOI:
10.1002/pri.1738
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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