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Title: The impact of a multifaceted ergonomic intervention program on promoting occupational health in community nurses
Authors: Szeto, GPY 
Wong, TKT
Law, RKY
Lee, EWC
Lau, T
So, BCL
Law, SW
Keywords: Ergonomics
Intervention
Nurse
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Applied ergonomics, 2013, v. 44, no. 3, p. 414-422 How to cite?
Journal: Applied ergonomics 
Abstract: Introduction: Community nurses are exposed to high physical demands at work resulting in musculoskeletal disorders. The present study examined the short- and long-term benefits of a multifaceted intervention program designed especially for community nurses in Hong Kong. Methods: Fifty community nurses working in 4 local hospitals participated in the study. All of them underwent an 8-week intervention program consisting of ergonomic training, daily exercise program, equipment modification, computer workstation assessment and typing training. Results: All participants showed significant improvement in musculoskeletal symptoms and functional outcomes comparing pre- and post-intervention results. Significant reduction in symptom score was observed at 1-year follow-up compared to post-intervention. Symptomatic group (. n=. 40) showed more significant changes overall compared to asymptomatic group (. n=. 10). Conclusion: Results support the positive benefits, both short- and long-term, of the multifaceted ergonomic intervention programme for community nurses.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/28900
ISSN: 0003-6870
EISSN: 1872-9126
DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2012.10.004
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