Workplace interventions to prevent musculoskeletal and visual symptoms and disorders among computer users: A systematic review

The most common occupational health complaints among computer users are visual symptoms, such as eye discomfort, and musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders, including sustained pain in the neck and upper extremities.

IWH, in collaboration with researchers from the United States, undertook a systematic review to identify studies that evaluated the effects of workplace interventions on visual or upper-body MSK symptoms/disorders among computer users. The goal was to provide scientifically credible evidence about how to reduce the health risks associated with computer work.

This report contains a number of findings and recommendations that will be of interest to a variety of audiences including ergonomists, kinesiologists, intervention researchers, workers, supervisors, management and others involved in workplace health and safety.

This review was published in a peer-reviewed journal:

Brewer S, Van Eerd D, Amick III BC, Irvin E, Daum K, Gerr F, Moore JS, Cullen K, Rempel D, Workplace interventions to prevent musculoskeletal and visual symptoms and disorders among computer users: A systematic review. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation 16(3): 317-350.

Summary: Workplace interventions to prevent MSKĀ and visual symptoms and disorders (129.3 KB)

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Researcher(s): 

Van Eerd D, Brewer S, Amick BC, Irvin E, Daum K, Gerr F, Moore S, Cullen K, Rempel D

Published: 

2006