Aim: The aim of this study was to determine the effect of health education on prevention of low back pain for health caregivers and cleaning workers.
Background: Low back pain is a common health problem in the workplace. Health education is important in the prevention and recurrence of low back pain.
Methods: A quasi-experimental design with a pre-test and post-test control group was used. The population of the study consisted of health caregivers and cleaning workers working in a university hospital in Turkey. A total of 120 participants, 60 in the intervention group and 60 in the control group, were included in the study. Data were collected between October 2016 and April 2017. A questionnaire, the Oswestry Low Back Pain Scale and the Knowledge Evaluation Form were used to collect data. Health education was given to the intervention group.
Results: Following the health education, the mean scores of the Oswestry Low Back Pain Scale in the intervention group were significantly lower than the control group and had a larger effect size.
Conclusion: This study provides evidence for the effectiveness of health education in the prevention of low back pain in health caregivers and cleaning workers.
Keywords: cleaning worker; health caregiver; health education; low back pain.
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