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Implementation of Physical Exercise at the Workplace (IRMA08) - Healthcare Workers (IRMA)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01921764
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 13, 2013
Last Update Posted : January 28, 2014
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Lars L. Andersen, National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Denmark

Brief Summary:

The prevalence and consequences of musculoskeletal pain is considerable among healthcare workers, allegedly due to high physical work demands of healthcare work. Previous studies have shown promising results of physical exercise for relieving pain among different occupational groups, but the question remains whether such physical exercise should be performed at the workplace or in the private sphere at home. Performing physical exercise at the workplace together with colleagues may be more motivating for some employees and thus increase compliance. On the other hand, physical exercise at the workplace may be costly for the employers in terms of time spend. Thus, relevant ground exists to compare the efficacy of workplace- versus home-based training on musculoskeletal pain. This study investigates the effect of workplace-based versus home-based physical exercise on musculoskeletal pain among healthcare workers.

The main hypothesis is that physical exercise at the workplace for 10 weeks compared with physical exercise at home results in reduced musculoskeletal pain among healthcare workers.


Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Musculoskeletal Disorders Behavioral: Workplace physical exercise Behavioral: Home physical exercise Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 200 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Implementation of Physical Exercise at the Workplace (IRMA08) - Healthcare Workers
Study Start Date : September 2013
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : January 2014

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Workplace physical exercise
Physical exercise (kettlebells, elastic bands, exercise balls) performed at the workplace with coaching
Behavioral: Workplace physical exercise
Active Comparator: Home physical exercise
Physical exercise performed at home with elastic bands and bodyweight exercises with instruction to follow the exercises at http://www.jobogkrop.dk/Oevelser-til-nakke-og-ryg/Oevelser
Behavioral: Home physical exercise



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Pain intensity [ Time Frame: change from baseline to week 10 ]
    The change in "pain intensity during the last week" from baseline to 10 week follow-up between the workplace- and home-training group. The home-training group will be considered the reference group. 2-way analysis of variance (Proc Mixed of SAS) with repeated measures will be used, with time and group as fixed factors and subject as random factor. Department will be added as a cluster effect.


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Muscle function [ Time Frame: change from baseline to week 10 ]
  2. Work ability index (WAI) [ Time Frame: change from baseline to week 10 ]
  3. Physical exertion during work [ Time Frame: change from baseline to week 10 ]


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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 67 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • healthcare worker
  • female
  • age 18-67

Exclusion Criteria:

  • life threatening disease
  • pregnancy

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Locations
Denmark
National Research Centre for the Working Environment
Copenhagen, Denmark, 2100
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Denmark

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Lars L. Andersen, Professor, PhD, National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Denmark
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01921764     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IRMA08
First Posted: August 13, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 28, 2014
Last Verified: January 2014

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Musculoskeletal Diseases