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A systematic review on workplace interventions to manage chronic musculoskeletal conditions
Department of Physiotherapy, Coventry University, Coventry, UK.
Department of Physiotherapy, Coventry University, Coventry, UK.
School of Life Sciences, Coventry University, Coventry, UK.
Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Occupational and Environmental Medicine Center. Unit of Intervention and Implementation Research Institute for Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
2018 (English)In: Physiotherapy Research International, ISSN 1358-2267, E-ISSN 1471-2865, Vol. 23, no 4, article id e1738Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2018. Vol. 23, no 4, article id e1738
Keywords [en]
chronic musculoskeletal disorders, management, systematic review, workplace
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Occupational Health and Environmental Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-153615DOI: 10.1002/pri.1738ISI: 000447159800014PubMedID: 30126016Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85052665022OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-153615DiVA, id: diva2:1274857
Available from: 2019-01-03 Created: 2019-01-03 Last updated: 2019-01-30Bibliographically approved

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