Effectiveness of participatory ergonomics interventions: a systematic review
Reasons for the study
There is evidence that the inappropriate design of workplaces and work processes contributes significantly to the development of common work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). By improving ergonomic aspects of work and workplaces, it should be possible to prevent or reduce these disorders and increase productivity. IWH conducted a systematic review to summarize the existing scientific literature on the effectiveness of workplace-based participatory ergonomics interventions in improving workers' health.
Completed in 2005, this systematic review found enough evidence to recommend the use of PE interventions as a way to improve health outcomes. The review team also developed a set of recommendations aimed at improving how such research is designed and evaluated.
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