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October/November 2011 (vol. 08/3)
A Cochrane systematic review covering the impact of training and assistive devices on the incidence of back pain and back pain disability finds no evidence that these interventions alone are effective in the medium or long term. The review included nine randomised controlled trials and nine cohort studies. Evidence quality was moderate. Interventions included single training sessions, a two-year weekly training programme, hoists and patient-lifting aids, as well as back belts and exercises.
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 6. Article no. CD005958. doi: 10.1002/14651858. CD005958.pub3.
Occupational Health at Work October/November 2011 (vol. 08/3) pp40