Participatory ergonomics as a return-to-work intervention: a future challenge?

Anema, J. R., Steenstra, I. A., Urlings, I. J., Bongers, P. M., de Vroome, E. M. and van Mechelen, W. (2003) Participatory ergonomics as a return-to-work intervention: a future challenge?. American journal of industrial medicine, 44 3: 273-281. doi:10.1002/ajim.10259

Author Anema, J. R.
Steenstra, I. A.
Urlings, I. J.
Bongers, P. M.
de Vroome, E. M.
van Mechelen, W.
Title Participatory ergonomics as a return-to-work intervention: a future challenge?
Journal name American journal of industrial medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1097-0274
Publication date 2003-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/ajim.10259
Open Access Status
Volume 44
Issue 3
Start page 273
End page 281
Total pages 9
Place of publication New York
Publisher Liss
Language eng
Subject 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract ACKGROUND: Participatory ergonomics (PE) are often applied for prevention of low back pain (LBP). In this pilot-study, a PE-program is applied to the disability management of workers sick listed due to LBP. METHODS: The process, implementation, satisfaction, and barriers for implementation concerning the PE-program were analyzed quantitatively and qualitatively for 35 workers sick listed 2-6 weeks due to LBP and their ergonomists. RESULTS: Two-hundred-and-seventy ergonomic solutions were proposed to the employer. They were targeted more at work design and organization of work (58.9%) than at workplace and equipment design (38.9%). They were planned mostly on a short-term basis (74.8%). Almost half (48.9%) of the solutions for work adjustment were completely or partially implemented within 3 months after the first day of absenteeism. Most workers were satisfied about the PE-program (median score 7.8 on a 10-point scale) and reported a stimulating effect on return-to-work (66.7%). Main obstacles to implementation were technical or organizational difficulties (50.0%) and physical disabilities of the worker (44.8%). CONCLUSIONS: This study suggests that compliance, acceptance, and satisfaction related to the PE-program were good for all participants. Almost half of the proposed solutions were implemented. Copyright 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
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