Evidence-based patient handling: systematic review

Nurs Stand. 2003 Apr 30-May 6;17(33):33-6. doi: 10.7748/ns2003.


Background: This article summarises the findings of an international systematic review of patient handling. More than 880 papers were read, critically appraised and allocated a quality rating score. The evidence supports the provision of a minimal set of equipment for moving and handling patients, and multifactor intervention strategies based on risk assessment rather than those predominantly based on technique training.

Conclusion: It is recommended that healthcare providers should review their current equipment provision and approach to managing risks and injuries associated with patient handling activities in the context of this research evidence.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Equipment Design
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Lifting* / adverse effects
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Nursing Care / methods*
  • Occupational Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Transportation of Patients / methods*