A systematic review on workplace interventions to manage chronic musculoskeletal disorders

Glykeria Skamagki, Andrew King, Michael Duncan, Charlotte Wahlin

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Background and Purpose: A review to investigate whether there are effective workplace interventions that manage chronic musculoskeletal disorders.Methods: The literature search included published articles between 2008 and 2017. The databases used in this search were MEDLINE, SCOPUS, CINAHL, AMED, PsycINFO, Academic Search Complete, Cochrane and PEDro. A limited search on websites for relevant Grey literature was also conducted.Results: The review included 12 studies that investigated effectiveness of a specific strength exercise program or interventions provided by health professionals at the workplace when compared to controls or interventions not at the workplace. Discussion: Workplace interventions such as high intensity strength exercises and/or integrated health care can decrease pain and symptoms for employees who experience long-term musculoskeletal disorders. However, the current research is limited.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysiotherapy Research International
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Skamagki, G, King, A, Duncan, M & Wahlin, C 2018, 'A systematic review on workplace interventions to manage chronic musculoskeletal disorders' Physiotherapy Research International, vol (In-Press), pp. (In-Press),which has been published in final form at https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pri.1738 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving. Copyright © and Moral Rights are retained by the author(s) and/ or other copyright owners. A copy can be downloaded for personal non-commercial research or study, without prior permission or charge. This item cannot be reproduced or quoted extensively from without first obtaining permission in writing from the copyright holder(s). The content must not be changed in any way or sold commercially in any format or medium without the formal permission of the copyright holders.


  • Chronic Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Management
  • Systematic Review
  • Workplace


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