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June/July 2008 (vol. 05/1)

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Cochrane review on manual handling

The latest Cochrane OH review found six randomised controlled trials and five cohort studies on the use of training and assistive devices in the prevention of low back pain and disability. However, the evidence (graded as limited to moderate) indicates that neither intervention is effective, by itself, in preventing back pain. There was some evidence that workers expressed satisfaction with the training they received, and it improved their knowledge on manual handling, but no evidence that this led to consistent improvement in their manual handling behaviour.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007; 3: no. CD005958.  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD005958.pub3/abstract

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Occupational Health at Work June/July 2008 (vol. 05/1) pp34-35