Prospective research on musculoskeletal disorders in office workers (PROMO): Study protocol

Ijmker, Stefan, Blatter, Birgitte M., van der Beek Allard J., van Mechelen, Willem and Bongers, Paulien M. (2006) Prospective research on musculoskeletal disorders in office workers (PROMO): Study protocol. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 7 55-1-55-9. doi:10.1186/1471-2474-7-55

Author Ijmker, Stefan
Blatter, Birgitte M.
van der Beek Allard J.
van Mechelen, Willem
Bongers, Paulien M.
Title Prospective research on musculoskeletal disorders in office workers (PROMO): Study protocol
Journal name BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-2474
Publication date 2006-07-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/1471-2474-7-55
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 7
Start page 55-1
End page 55-9
Total pages 9
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BioMed Central
Language eng
Subject 1103 Clinical Sciences
Formatted abstract
Background: This article describes the background and study design of the PROMO study (Prospective Research on Musculoskeletal disorders in Office workers). Few longitudinal studies have been performed to investigate the risk factors responsible for the incidence of hand, arm, shoulder and neck symptoms among office workers, given the observation that a large group of office workers might be at risk worldwide. Therefore, the PROMO study was designed. The main aim is to quantify the contribution of exposure to occupational computer use to the incidence of hand, arm, shoulder and neck symptoms. The results of this study might lead to more effective and/or cost-efficient preventive interventions among office workers.

Methods/Design : A prospective cohort study is conducted, with a follow-up of 24 months. In total, 1821 participants filled out the first questionnaire (response rate of 74%). Data on exposure and outcome is collected using web-based self-reports. Outcome assessment takes place every three months during the follow-up period. Data on computer use are collected at baseline and continuously during follow-up using a software program.

Discussion: The advantages of the PROMO study include the long follow-up period, the repeated measurement of both exposure and outcome, and the objective measurement of the duration of computer use. In the PROMO study, hypotheses stemming from lab-based and field-based research will be investigated.
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Institutional Status Non-UQ

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