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The Effects of Office Ergonomic Training on Musculoskeletal Complaints, Sickness Absence, and Psychological Well-Being: A Cluster Randomized Control Trial

Mahmud, Norashikin and Kenny, Dianna Theadora Headora and Zein, Raemy Md and Hassan, Siti Nurani Urani (2015) The Effects of Office Ergonomic Training on Musculoskeletal Complaints, Sickness Absence, and Psychological Well-Being: A Cluster Randomized Control Trial. Asia-Pacific Journal Of Public Health, 27 (2). NP1652-NP1668. ISSN 1010-5395

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1010539511419199

Abstract

This study explored whether musculoskeletal complaints can be reduced by the provision of ergonomics education. A cluster randomized controlled trial study was conducted in which 3 units were randomized to intervention and received training and 3 units were given a leaflet. The effect of intervention on knowledge, workstation practices, musculoskeletal complaints, sickness absence, and psychological well-being were assessed at 6 and 12 months. Although there was no increment of knowledge among workers, significant improvements in workstation practices in the use of monitor, keyboard, and chair were observed. There were significant reductions in neck and upper and lower back complaints among workers but these did not translate into fewer days lost from work. Workers' stress was found to be significantly reduced across the studies. In conclusion, office ergonomics training can be beneficial in reducing musculoskeletal risks and stress among workers.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:cluster randomized controlled trial, computer user, injury prevention
Subjects:A General Works
Divisions:Management
ID Code:58933
Deposited By: Haliza Zainal
Deposited On:04 Dec 2016 12:07
Last Modified:31 May 2017 09:18

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