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Do OH interventions reduce MSDs?

A lack of high-quality research makes it ‘difficult to make strong evidenced-based recommendations about what practitioners should do to prevent or manage upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders’, concludes a systematic review. It found strong evidence that workplace adjustments alone have no effect on outcomes, but limited evidence that they are beneficial when combined with ergonomics training. There is moderate evidence that arm supports have a positive impact, and that neither biofeedback training nor job stress management training are beneficial. There is limited evidence that using alternative keyboards, providing a new chair and taking rest breaks are beneficial.

Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation 2009: online first: 10.1007/s10926-009-9211-2  http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10926-009-9211-2

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Occupational Health at Work December/January 2009/2010 (vol. 06/4) pp40