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A randomised controlled trial on whether a participatory ergonomics intervention could prevent musculoskeletal disorders.
Occup Environ Med. 2008 Dec; 65(12):849-56.OE

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

To examine the efficacy of a participatory ergonomics intervention in preventing musculoskeletal disorders among kitchen workers. Participatory ergonomics is commonly recommended to reduce musculoskeletal disorders, but evidence for its effectiveness is sparse.

METHODS

A cluster randomised controlled trial among the 504 workers of 119 kitchens in Finland was conducted during 2002-2005. Kitchens were randomised to an intervention (n = 59) and control (n = 60) group. The duration of the intervention that guided the workers to identify strenuous work tasks and to seek solutions for decreasing physical and mental workload, was 11 to 14 months. In total, 402 ergonomic changes were implemented. The main outcome measures were the occurrence of and trouble caused by musculoskeletal pain in seven anatomical sites, local fatigue after work, and sick leave due to musculoskeletal disorders. Individual level data were collected by a questionnaire at baseline and every 3 months during the intervention and 1-year follow-up period. All response rates exceeded 92%.

RESULTS

No systematic differences in any outcome variable were found between the intervention and control groups during the intervention or during the 1-year follow-up.

CONCLUSIONS

The intervention did not reduce perceived physical work load and no evidence was found for the efficacy of the intervention in preventing musculoskeletal disorders among kitchen workers. It may be that a more comprehensive redesign of work organisation and processes is needed, taking more account of workers' physical and mental resources.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Centre of Expertise for Health and Work Ability, Topeliuksenkatu 41 a A, FI-00250, Helsinki, Finland. Eija.Haukka@ttl.fiNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Multicenter Study
Randomized Controlled Trial
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18417560

Citation

Haukka, E, et al. "A Randomised Controlled Trial On Whether a Participatory Ergonomics Intervention Could Prevent Musculoskeletal Disorders." Occupational and Environmental Medicine, vol. 65, no. 12, 2008, pp. 849-56.
Haukka E, Leino-Arjas P, Viikari-Juntura E, et al. A randomised controlled trial on whether a participatory ergonomics intervention could prevent musculoskeletal disorders. Occup Environ Med. 2008;65(12):849-56.
Haukka, E., Leino-Arjas, P., Viikari-Juntura, E., Takala, E. P., Malmivaara, A., Hopsu, L., Mutanen, P., Ketola, R., Virtanen, T., Pehkonen, I., Holtari-Leino, M., Nykänen, J., Stenholm, S., Nykyri, E., & Riihimäki, H. (2008). A randomised controlled trial on whether a participatory ergonomics intervention could prevent musculoskeletal disorders. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 65(12), 849-56. https://doi.org/10.1136/oem.2007.034579
Haukka E, et al. A Randomised Controlled Trial On Whether a Participatory Ergonomics Intervention Could Prevent Musculoskeletal Disorders. Occup Environ Med. 2008;65(12):849-56. PubMed PMID: 18417560.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A randomised controlled trial on whether a participatory ergonomics intervention could prevent musculoskeletal disorders. AU - Haukka,E, AU - Leino-Arjas,P, AU - Viikari-Juntura,E, AU - Takala,E-P, AU - Malmivaara,A, AU - Hopsu,L, AU - Mutanen,P, AU - Ketola,R, AU - Virtanen,T, AU - Pehkonen,I, AU - Holtari-Leino,M, AU - Nykänen,J, AU - Stenholm,S, AU - Nykyri,E, AU - Riihimäki,H, Y1 - 2008/04/16/ PY - 2008/4/18/pubmed PY - 2009/1/14/medline PY - 2008/4/18/entrez SP - 849 EP - 56 JF - Occupational and environmental medicine JO - Occup Environ Med VL - 65 IS - 12 N2 - OBJECTIVES: To examine the efficacy of a participatory ergonomics intervention in preventing musculoskeletal disorders among kitchen workers. Participatory ergonomics is commonly recommended to reduce musculoskeletal disorders, but evidence for its effectiveness is sparse. METHODS: A cluster randomised controlled trial among the 504 workers of 119 kitchens in Finland was conducted during 2002-2005. Kitchens were randomised to an intervention (n = 59) and control (n = 60) group. The duration of the intervention that guided the workers to identify strenuous work tasks and to seek solutions for decreasing physical and mental workload, was 11 to 14 months. In total, 402 ergonomic changes were implemented. The main outcome measures were the occurrence of and trouble caused by musculoskeletal pain in seven anatomical sites, local fatigue after work, and sick leave due to musculoskeletal disorders. Individual level data were collected by a questionnaire at baseline and every 3 months during the intervention and 1-year follow-up period. All response rates exceeded 92%. RESULTS: No systematic differences in any outcome variable were found between the intervention and control groups during the intervention or during the 1-year follow-up. CONCLUSIONS: The intervention did not reduce perceived physical work load and no evidence was found for the efficacy of the intervention in preventing musculoskeletal disorders among kitchen workers. It may be that a more comprehensive redesign of work organisation and processes is needed, taking more account of workers' physical and mental resources. SN - 1470-7926 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18417560/A_randomised_controlled_trial_on_whether_a_participatory_ergonomics_intervention_could_prevent_musculoskeletal_disorders_ L2 - https://oem.bmj.com/lookup/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=18417560 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -