Effectiveness of workplace interventions in the prevention of upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders and symptoms: an update of the evidence

D. van Eerd, C. Munhall, E. Irvin, D. Rempel, S. Brewer, A. J. Van der Beek, J. T. Dennerlein, J. Tullar, K. Skivington, C. Pinion, B.C. Amick

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Abstract

The burden of disabling musculoskeletal pain and injuries (musculoskeletal disorders, MSDs) arising from work-related causes in many workplaces remains substantial. There is little consensus on the most appropriate interventions for MSDs. Our objective was to update a systematic review of workplace-based interventions for preventing and managing upper extremity MSD (UEMSD). We followed a systematic review process developed by the Institute for Work & Health and an adapted best evidence synthesis. 6 electronic databases were searched (January 2008 until April 2013 inclusive) yielding 9909 non-duplicate references. 26 high-quality and medium-quality studies relevant to our research question were combined with 35 from the original review to synthesise the evidence on 30 different intervention categories. There was strong evidence for one intervention category, resistance training, leading to the recommendation: Implementing a workplace-based resistance training exercise programme can help prevent and manage UEMSD and symptoms. The synthesis also revealed moderate evidence for stretching programmes, mouse use feedback and forearm supports in preventing UEMSD or symptoms. There was also moderate evidence for no benefit for EMG biofeedback, job stress management training, and office workstation adjustment for UEMSD and symptoms. Messages are proposed for both these and other intervention categories.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-70
Number of pages9
JournalOccupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume73
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Publication statusPublished - 2016

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van Eerd, D. ; Munhall, C. ; Irvin, E. ; Rempel, D. ; Brewer, S. ; Van der Beek, A. J. ; Dennerlein, J. T. ; Tullar, J. ; Skivington, K. ; Pinion, C. ; Amick, B.C. / Effectiveness of workplace interventions in the prevention of upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders and symptoms: an update of the evidence. In: Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2016 ; Vol. 73. pp. 62-70.
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In: Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 73, 2016, p. 62-70.

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