The impact of a multifaceted ergonomic intervention program on promoting occupational health in community nurses

Appl Ergon. 2013 May;44(3):414-22. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2012.10.004. Epub 2012 Nov 12.


Introduction: Community nurses are exposed to high physical demands at work resulting in musculoskeletal disorders. The present study examined the short- and long-term benefits of a multifaceted intervention program designed especially for community nurses in Hong Kong.

Methods: Fifty community nurses working in 4 local hospitals participated in the study. All of them underwent an 8-week intervention program consisting of ergonomic training, daily exercise program, equipment modification, computer workstation assessment and typing training.

Results: All participants showed significant improvement in musculoskeletal symptoms and functional outcomes comparing pre- and post-intervention results. Significant reduction in symptom score was observed at 1-year follow-up compared to post-intervention. Symptomatic group (n=40) showed more significant changes overall compared to asymptomatic group (n=10).

Conclusion: Results support the positive benefits, both short- and long-term, of the multifaceted ergonomic intervention programme for community nurses.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Computers / standards
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing / methods
  • Ergonomics / methods*
  • Exercise
  • Female
  • Hong Kong
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / education*
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / statistics & numerical data
  • Occupational Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Occupational Health