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April/May 2008 (vol. 04/6)

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Back pain training

A meta-analysis found no evidence to support the use of advice or training in working techniques, with or without lifting equipment, for preventing back pain or consequent disability. Eleven studies met inclusion criteria. The authors conclude that either the techniques had no effect on the risk of back injury, or that the training did not lead to sufficient modification in lifting or handling technique. Increasing the intensity of training made little difference.

British Medical Journal 2008; online first: doi: 10.1136/bmj. 39463.418380.BE, www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/ bmj.39463.418380.BEv1

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Occupational Health at Work April/May 2008 (vol. 04/6) pp41