Implementation of a participatory ergonomics program in the rehabilitation of workers suffering from subacute back pain

Appl Ergon. 2001 Feb;32(1):53-60. doi: 10.1016/s0003-6870(00)00038-7.


This paper describes a participatory ergonomics program aimed at early return to regular work of workers suffering from subacute occupational back pain and assesses the perceptions of the participants on the implementation of ergonomic solutions in the workplace. The participatory ergonomics program was used in the rehabilitation of workers suffering from subacute back pain for more than 6 weeks, a program that was associated with an increased rate of return to work. The perceptions of the participatory ergonomics participants were assessed 6 months after completion of the ergonomic intervention through a questionnaire sent to employer representatives, union representatives and injured workers of participating workplaces. About half of the ergonomic solutions were implemented according to the perception of the participants, with a substantial agreement between respondents.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Ergonomics*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Low Back Pain / rehabilitation*
  • Male
  • Occupational Diseases / rehabilitation*
  • Occupational Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States