Management and Outcome of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Taiwan University Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00154622
First received: September 9, 2005
Last updated: December 5, 2012
Last verified: December 2012
  Purpose

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders(MSD)are very common,which account for most of the occupational compensation in U.S.A。According to the epidemiological surveys,injured sites are frequent at low back,neck and shoulder and upper extremity。Although the MSD will not threaten the lives,they result in discomfort,some cost much and decrease the productivity。There was little study in our country to reveal the risk factors of medical utilization and disabling of MSD。Therefore,we do not have well-established strategy of the assessment and treatment for the workers who can not return to work。The purposes of this study are:1、To have sequential surveys to find the prevalence,incidence and possible risk factors of work-related MSD of employees in different industries and their medical utilization and disabled conditions。2、To find the victims of work-related MSD from clinics,assess their disablement and if they return to work and to find the factors those prevent them return to work。3、To develop individualized work hardening programs for the victims who can not return to wok after treatment。The program will be established according to their injuries and their work characteristics。


Condition Intervention
Neck Injury
Back Injury
Arms Injury
Cumulative Disorder
Behavioral: work hardening program

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Official Title: National Taiwan University Hospital

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Further study details as provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • functional capability evaluation [ Time Frame: referral to and duration of PT at the the first day ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • pain evaluation [ Time Frame: referral to and duration of PT at the the first day ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Enrollment: 160
Study Start Date: January 2004
Study Completion Date: December 2008
Primary Completion Date: December 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: pain/ disability survey Behavioral: work hardening program

Detailed Description:

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders(MSD)are very common,which account for most of the occupational compensation in U.S.A。According to the epidemiological surveys,injured sites are frequent at low back,neck and shoulder and upper extremity。Although the MSD will not threaten the lives,they result in discomfort,some cost much and decrease the productivity。There was little study in our country to reveal the risk factors of medical utilization and disabling of MSD。Therefore,we do not have well-established strategy of the assessment and treatment for the workers who can not return to work。The purposes of this study are:1、To have sequential surveys to find the prevalence,incidence and possible risk factors of work-related MSD of employees in different industries and their medical utilization and disabled conditions。2、To find the victims of work-related MSD from clinics,assess their disablement and if they return to work and to find the factors those prevent them return to work。3、To develop individualized work hardening programs for the victims who can not return to wok after treatment。The program will be established according to their injuries and their work characteristics。In the first year,questionnaire will be used to find the prevalence of work-related MSD of employees in different industries with various work types。The demographic factors and the exposure factors will also be collected to find the risk factors。One month and 6 months after the first surveillance,the 2nd and 3rd surveillances will be executed to find the new incidence and their medical utilization and loss of work time。In the second year,the injured workers(in low back,neck and shoulder and upper extremity)from outpatient departments will be followed and assessed。They will be followed for 3 months to reveal their medical need,their recovery and if they return to work after treatment。According to all the data,we can find the ratios of loss of work time in different types of injuries and the risk factors causing unable to return to work。In the second half of this year,the authors will begin to establish the individualized work hardening programs and to finish the prevention and training booklets。In the third year,we will find the workers who can not return to wok after 3-month treatment in the clinics。After the assessment of their severity and residual working ability,the workers will be randomized into training or control groups。There will be 15 workers in each group in 3 kinds of injuries(low back,neck and shoulder and upper extremity),totally 90 workers will be recruited。After 3-month work hardening training program,re-assessment will be done and their return-to-work rate will be followed 3 and 6 months later。

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • aged 18 to 65 years have a job

Exclusion Criteria:

-

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Locations
Taiwan
National Taiwan University Hospital
Taipei, Taiwan, 100
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Taiwan University Hospital
Investigators
Study Director: J Y Tsauo, PhD Grad School of PT, College of Medicine, NTU
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: National Taiwan University Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00154622     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 9261701040, DOH94-HP-1405
Study First Received: September 9, 2005
Last Updated: December 5, 2012
Health Authority: Taiwan: Department of Health

Keywords provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:
musculoskeletal disorder, work hardening, return to work

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Arm Injuries
Back Injuries
Disease
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Neck Injuries
Pathologic Processes
Wounds and Injuries

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