A workplace exercise versus health promotion intervention to prevent and reduce the economic and personal burden of non-specific neck pain in office personnel: protocol of a cluster-randomised controlled trial

Johnston, V., O'Leary, S., Comans, T., Straker, L., Melloh, M., Khan, A. and Sjogaard, G. (2014) A workplace exercise versus health promotion intervention to prevent and reduce the economic and personal burden of non-specific neck pain in office personnel: protocol of a cluster-randomised controlled trial. Journal of Physiotherapy, 60 4: 223-223. doi:10.1016/j.jphys.2014.08.007


Author Johnston, V.
O'Leary, S.
Comans, T.
Straker, L.
Melloh, M.
Khan, A.
Sjogaard, G.
Title A workplace exercise versus health promotion intervention to prevent and reduce the economic and personal burden of non-specific neck pain in office personnel: protocol of a cluster-randomised controlled trial
Journal name Journal of Physiotherapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1836-9561
1836-9553
Publication date 2014-12
Year available 2014
Sub-type Other
DOI 10.1016/j.jphys.2014.08.007
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 60
Issue 4
Start page 223
End page 223
Total pages 1
Place of publication Chatswood Australia
Publisher Elsevier Australia
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Introduction

Non-specific neck pain is a major burden to industry, yet the impact of introducing a workplace ergonomics and exercise intervention on work productivity and severity of neck pain in a population of office personnel is unknown.

Research question

Does a combined workplace-based best practice ergonomic and neck exercise program reduce productivity losses and risk of developing neck pain in asymptomatic workers, or decrease severity of neck pain in symptomatic workers, compared to a best practice ergonomic and general health promotion program?

Design

Prospective cluster randomised controlled trial.

Participants and setting

Office personnel aged over 18 years, and who work > 30 hours/week.

Intervention

Individualised best practice ergonomic intervention plus 3 × 20 minute weekly, progressive neck/shoulder girdle exercise group sessions for 12 weeks.

Control

Individualised best practice ergonomic intervention plus 1-hour weekly health information sessions for 12 weeks.

Measurements

Primary (productivity loss) and secondary (neck pain and disability, muscle performance, and quality of life) outcome measures will be collected using validated scales at baseline, immediate post-intervention and 12 months after commencement.

Procedure

640 volunteering office personnel will be randomly allocated to either an intervention or control arm in work group clusters.

Analysis

Analysis will be on an ‘intent-to-treat’ basis and per protocol. Multilevel, generalised linear models will be used to examine the effect of the intervention on reducing the productivity loss in dollar units (AUD), and severity of neck pain and disability.

Discussion

The findings of this study will have a direct impact on policies that underpin the prevention and management of neck pain in office personnel.
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