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Cross-Disciplinary Workplace Intervention Strategy for Chronic Musculoskeletal Disorders

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified November 2008 by Institut Universitaire Romand de Sante au Travail.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Information provided by:
Institut Universitaire Romand de Sante au Travail Identifier:
First received: August 25, 2006
Last updated: November 20, 2008
Last verified: November 2008

Sickness absenteeism caused by MSDs is a persistent and expensive health challenge in all industrial countries including Switzerland. Despite much progress as to the cause and prevention of MSDs, they continue to be some of the most prevalent and challenging health problems with respect to the work-place and to socio-economic burden.

To improve the situation, several recent reviews recommended interventions based on the bio-psycho-social model. Work-hardening and industrial rehabilitation programs focused more on the in balance between physical and mental demands of work on one side and capacities of the individual on the other side. Therefore we propose to merge the two models into one. The result is an interdisciplinary intervention strategy witch includes work hardening, medical trainings, a cognitive behavioural approach and work place intervention.

Condition Intervention
Back Pain
Neck Pain
Musculoskeletal Abnormalities
Procedure: combined intervention

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Cross-Disciplinary Workplace Intervention Strategy for Chronic Musculoskeletal Disorders

Further study details as provided by Institut Universitaire Romand de Sante au Travail:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Sick-day saving, work capacity, economic variables [ Time Frame: one year ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Functional performance, pain, general health, variables related to coping, believes, anxiety, depression [ Time Frame: one year ]

Estimated Enrollment: 120
Study Start Date: March 2006
Estimated Study Completion Date: February 2009

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 58 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Employees on sick leave because of non-specific back and/or neck/shoulder pain
  • actual unable to work and continuous or cumulative (totalized) work incapa- city in the past 6 monts
  • ≥ 20 working days 100% absence from work or
  • ≥ 40 working days 80 to 99% absence from work or
  • ≥ 60 working days 50 to 79% absence from work and
  • not older than 58 level of employment ≥ 50%
  • no longer than 6 monts absencer from work (100% unable to work)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Specific diagnosis such as infection, neoplasm, metastasis osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, fracture and inflammatory process or other conditions for which valid diagnoses had been demonstrated either in the anamnesis, records or the clinical examination
  • Postoperative health condition with prohibited physical load
  • Major co-morbidity which may determine return to work in a clearly stronger way then the MSD itself such as a major depression, psychosis, heavy drug or alcohol disease or instable cardiac or pulmonary disease
  • Predominant specific shoulder pathology in "neck-shoulder pain"
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00369135

Contact: Danuser Brigitta, Prof. +41 021-314-7421 ext 0041
Contact: Canjuga Mirjana, lic. phil. +41 044 - 632 - 4631 ext 0041

Institut universitaire romand de Santè au Travail Recruiting
Lausanne, Switzerland
Sponsors and Collaborators
Institut Universitaire Romand de Sante au Travail
Study Director: Danuser Brigitta, Prof Institut Universitaire Romand de Sante au Travail
  More Information

Additional Information: Identifier: NCT00369135     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NFP-111-111
Study First Received: August 25, 2006
Last Updated: November 20, 2008

Keywords provided by Institut Universitaire Romand de Sante au Travail:
Musculoskeletal Disorders

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Back Pain
Neck Pain
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Musculoskeletal Abnormalities
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Congenital Abnormalities processed this record on May 22, 2017