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dc.contributor.authorPereira, M.
dc.contributor.authorComans, T.
dc.contributor.authorSjøgaard, G.
dc.contributor.authorStraker, Leon
dc.contributor.authorMelloh, Markus
dc.contributor.authorO leary, S.
dc.contributor.authorChen, X.
dc.contributor.authorJohnston, V.
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-19T04:15:40Z
dc.date.available2019-02-19T04:15:40Z
dc.date.created2019-02-19T03:58:10Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.citationPereira, M. and Comans, T. and Sjøgaard, G. and Straker, L. and Melloh, M. and O leary, S. and Chen, X. et al. 2019. The impact of workplace ergonomics and neck-specific exercise versus ergonomics and health promotion interventions on office worker productivity: A cluster-randomized trial. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health. 45 (1): pp. 42-52.
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11937/74057
dc.identifier.doi10.5271/sjweh.3760
dc.description.abstract

© 2019, Nordic Association of Occupational Safety and Health. All rights reserved. Objectives Using an employer’s perspective, this study aimed to compare the immediate and longer-term impact of workplace ergonomics and neck-specific exercise versus ergonomics and health promotion information on health-related productivity among a general population of office workers and those with neck pain. Methods A prospective one-year cluster randomized trial was conducted. Participants received an individualized workstation ergonomics intervention, combined with 12 weeks of either workplace neck-specific exercises or health promotion information. Health-related productivity at baseline, post-intervention and 12-months was measured with the Health and Work Performance Questionnaire. Intention-to-treat analysis was performed using multilevel mixed models. Results We recruited 763 office workers from 14 organizations and allocated them to 100 clusters. For the general population of office workers, monetized productivity loss at 12 months [AU$1464 (standard deviation [SD] 1318) versus AU$1563 (SD=1039); P=0.023]; and presenteeism at 12 months [2.0 (SD 1.2) versus 2.4 (SD 1.4); P=0.007] was lower in the exercise group compared to those in the health promotion information group. For office workers with neck pain, exercise participants had lower sickness absenteeism at 12 months compared to health promotion information participants [0.7 days (SD 1.0) versus 1.4 days (SD 3.1); P=0.012], despite a short-term increase in sickness absenteeism post-intervention compared to baseline for the exercise group [1.2 days (SD 2.2) versus 0.6 days (SD 0.9); P<0.001]. Conclusion A workplace intervention combining ergonomics and neck-specific exercise offers possible benefits for sickness presenteeism and health-related productivity loss among a general population of office workers and sickness absenteeism for office workers with neck pain in the longer-term.

dc.publisherTyoterveyslaitos
dc.titleThe impact of workplace ergonomics and neck-specific exercise versus ergonomics and health promotion interventions on office worker productivity: A cluster-randomized trial
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.volume45
dcterms.source.number1
dcterms.source.startPage42
dcterms.source.endPage52
dcterms.source.issn0355-3140
dcterms.source.titleScandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
curtin.departmentSchool of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
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