Industrial Health
Online ISSN : 1880-8026
Print ISSN : 0019-8366
ISSN-L : 0019-8366
Original Article
Effectiveness of re-education based on appropriate care methods using welfare equipment on the prevention of low back pain among care workers: a 1.5 year follow-up study
Kazuyuki IWAKIRIMidori SOTOYAMAMasaya TAKAHASHIXinxin LIUShigeki KODAKiyoshi ICHIKAWA
Author information
JOURNAL FREE ACCESS

2018 Volume 56 Issue 5 Pages 419-426

Details
Abstract

Many care workers at elderly care facilities in Japan suffer occupational low back pain (LBP) despite the utilization of welfare equipment. When introducing welfare equipment such as hoists and sliding boards, education on appropriate care methods using welfare equipment is usually conducted, but the effect of education diminishes with time. This intervention study aimed to examine the effect of re-education on appropriate care methods using welfare equipment on the prevention of care workers’ LBP at an elderly care facility. At the intervention facility, 49 care workers were enrolled in ergonomic education program for 1.5 yr in order to improve care methods using welfare equipment. At the non-intervention facility, 33 care workers were not enrolled in the program. Rates of severe LBP were not significantly different between the facilities. However, during the study period, the rate of severe LBP among care workers did not increase at the intervention facility, while it doubled among care workers at the non-intervention facility. The care workers at the intervention facility showed improvement in care methods using welfare equipment during the study period. Hence, we think that re-education regarding appropriate care methods using welfare equipment has the potential to prevent exacerbation of LBP.

Content from these authors
© 2018 by National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
Previous article Next article
feedback
Top