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A research framework for the development and implementation of interventions preventing work-related musculoskeletal disorders
Department of Public and Occupational Health, Amsterdam Public Health research institute, VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam.
Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston.
Department of Public and Occupational Health, Amsterdam Public Health research institute, VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1443-6211
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2017 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health, ISSN 0355-3140, E-ISSN 1795-990XArticle in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Abstract [en]

Objectives: Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are highly prevalent and put a large burden on the (working) society. Primary prevention of work-related MSDs focuses often on physical risk factors (such as on manual lifting and awkward postures), but has not been too successful in reducing the MSD burden. This may partly be caused by insufficient knowledge of etiological mechanisms and/or a lack of adequately feasible interventions (theory failure and program failure, respectively), possibly due to limited integration of research disciplines. A research framework could link research disciplines thereby strengthening the development and implementation of preventive interventions. Our objective was to define and describe such a framework for multi-disciplinary research on work-related MSD prevention.

Methods: We described a framework for MSD prevention research, partly based on frameworks from other research fields (i.e., sports injury prevention and public health).

Results: The framework is composed of a repeated sequence of six steps comprising the assessment of 1) incidence and severity of MSDs, 2) risk factors for MSDs, and 3) underlying mechanisms; and the 4) development, 5) evaluation, and 6) implementation of preventive intervention(s).

Conclusions: In the present framework for optimal work-related MSD prevention, research disciplines are linked. This framework can thereby help to improve theories and strengthen the development and implementation of prevention strategies for work-related MSDs.

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2017.
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Musculoskeletal disorders, Prevention, Research framework, Work-related, Occupational
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Environmental Health and Occupational Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-24023OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-24023DiVA: diva2:1096942
Available from: 2017-05-19 Created: 2017-05-19 Last updated: 2017-05-19

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