Aim: To compare two educational approaches to reduce low back pain in nurses.
Design: A community randomized controlled clinical trial.
Methods: Data were collected with two interventions and a control arm between August 2018 and January 2019. Participants were recruited from three hospitals. Hospital 1 received an in-person educational programme, Hospital 2 received via the website and Hospital 3 received nothing. Statistical analysis was carried out with a follow-up of 3 and 6 months.
Results: A total of 180 female nurses with low back pain participated in the study. Dimensions of the quality of life improved over 3 and 6 months, pain and disability decreased over 3 months in both intervention groups and over 6 months in the social media group.
Conclusion: Two educational approaches can be effective in decreasing pain, disability and improving quality of life. However, the findings suggest that the social media approach was more successful over the long-term and might be a better way to present the programme.
Keywords: disability; in‐person; nurse; occupational low back pain; quality of life; social media.
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