Management and Outcome of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders

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National Taiwan University

Status

Completed

Conditions

Arms Injury
Cumulative Disorder
Back Injury
Neck Injury

Treatments

Behavioral: work hardening program

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT00154622
DOH94-HP-1405
9261701040

Details and patient eligibility

About

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders(MSD)are very common,which account for most of the occupational compensation in U.S.A。According to the epidemiological surveys,injured sites are frequent at low back,neck and shoulder and upper extremity。Although the MSD will not threaten the lives,they result in discomfort,some cost much and decrease the productivity。There was little study in our country to reveal the risk factors of medical utilization and disabling of MSD。Therefore,we do not have well-established strategy of the assessment and treatment for the workers who can not return to work。The purposes of this study are:1、To have sequential surveys to find the prevalence,incidence and possible risk factors of work-related MSD of employees in different industries and their medical utilization and disabled conditions。2、To find the victims of work-related MSD from clinics,assess their disablement and if they return to work and to find the factors those prevent them return to work。3、To develop individualized work hardening programs for the victims who can not return to wok after treatment。The program will be established according to their injuries and their work characteristics。

Full description

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders(MSD)are very common,which account for most of the occupational compensation in U.S.A。According to the epidemiological surveys,injured sites are frequent at low back,neck and shoulder and upper extremity。Although the MSD will not threaten the lives,they result in discomfort,some cost much and decrease the productivity。There was little study in our country to reveal the risk factors of medical utilization and disabling of MSD。Therefore,we do not have well-established strategy of the assessment and treatment for the workers who can not return to work。The purposes of this study are:1、To have sequential surveys to find the prevalence,incidence and possible risk factors of work-related MSD of employees in different industries and their medical utilization and disabled conditions。2、To find the victims of work-related MSD from clinics,assess their disablement and if they return to work and to find the factors those prevent them return to work。3、To develop individualized work hardening programs for the victims who can not return to wok after treatment。The program will be established according to their injuries and their work characteristics。In the first year,questionnaire will be used to find the prevalence of work-related MSD of employees in different industries with various work types。The demographic factors and the exposure factors will also be collected to find the risk factors。One month and 6 months after the first surveillance,the 2nd and 3rd surveillances will be executed to find the new incidence and their medical utilization and loss of work time。In the second year,the injured workers(in low back,neck and shoulder and upper extremity)from outpatient departments will be followed and assessed。They will be followed for 3 months to reveal their medical need,their recovery and if they return to work after treatment。According to all the data,we can find the ratios of loss of work time in different types of injuries and the risk factors causing unable to return to work。In the second half of this year,the authors will begin to establish the individualized work hardening programs and to finish the prevention and training booklets。In the third year,we will find the workers who can not return to wok after 3-month treatment in the clinics。After the assessment of their severity and residual working ability,the workers will be randomized into training or control groups。There will be 15 workers in each group in 3 kinds of injuries(low back,neck and shoulder and upper extremity),totally 90 workers will be recruited。After 3-month work hardening training program,re-assessment will be done and their return-to-work rate will be followed 3 and 6 months later。

Enrollment

160 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18 to 65 years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

aged 18 to 65 years have a job

Exclusion criteria

-

Trial design

160 participants in 1 patient group

pain/ disability survey
No Intervention group
Treatment:
Behavioral: work hardening program

Trial contacts and locations

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