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Does training in workplace adjustment and posture prevent occupational overuse syndrome in workplace based computer users?

Prepared by:

Meryl Lovarini
Research Project Manager and occupational therapist,
School of Exercise & Health Sciences, University of Western Sydney

Date:

November 2002

Review Date:

November 2004

Clinical Question:

Does training in workplace adjustment and posture prevent Occupational Overuse Syndrome in workplace based computer users?

Clinical Scenario:

Training in workstation adjustment and posture is often recommended to prevent occupational overuse/ repetitive strain injuries for computer users in the workplace. What is the effectiveness of this intervention in preventing these types of conditions?

Clinical Bottom Line:

Providing training in workplace adjustment and posture may lead to small reductions in musculoskeletal discomfort and small increases in knowledge and appropriate workstation adjustments. None of the studies reviewed measured changes in injury or compensation claim rates related to occupational overuse syndrome. Currently there is no published evidence that training can prevent occupational overuse or related disorders amongst workplace based computer users.

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