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Background, design and conceptual model of the cluster randomized multiple-component workplace study: FRamed Intervention to Decrease Occupational Muscle pain - "FRIDOM"
Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.
Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sports medicine.
Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.
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2016 (English)In: BMC Public Health, ISSN 1471-2458, E-ISSN 1471-2458, Vol. 16, 1116Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]


Several RCT studies have aimed to reduce either musculoskeletal disorders, sickness presenteeism, sickness absenteeism or a combination of these among females with high physical work demands. These studies have provided evidence that workplace health promotion (WHP) interventions are effective, but long-term effects are still uncertain. These studies either lack to succeed in maintaining intervention effects or lack to document if effects are maintained past a one-year period. This paper describes the background, design and conceptual model of the FRIDOM (FRamed Intervention to Decrease Occupational Muscle pain) WHP program among health care workers. A job group characterized by having high physical work demands, musculoskeletal disorders, high sickness presenteeism - and absenteeism.


FRIDOM aimed to reduce neck and shoulder pain. Secondary aims were to decrease sickness presenteeism, sickness absenteeism and lifestyle-diseases such as other musculoskeletal disorders as well as metabolic-, and cardiovascular disorders - and to maintain participation to regular physical exercise training, after a one year intervention period. The entire concept was tailored to a population of female health care workers. This was done through a multi-component intervention including 1) intelligent physical exercise training (IPET), dietary advice and weight loss (DAW) and cognitive behavioural training (CBT).


The FRIDOM program has the potential to provide evidence-based knowledge of the pain reducing effect of a multi component WHP among a female group of employees with a high prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders and in a long term perspective evaluate the effects on sickness presenteeism and absenteeism as well as risk of life-style diseases.


NCT02843269 , 06.27.2016 - retrospectively registered.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 16, 1116
Keyword [en]
Cognitive behavioral training, Diet, Exercise, Health promotion, Implementation, Maintained effect, RCT, Sickness absenteeism, Sickness presenteeism, Worksite
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Health Sciences
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Rehabilitation Medicine
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-128180DOI: 10.1186/s12889-016-3758-6ISI: 000385965900003OAI: diva2:1050113
Available from: 2016-11-28 Created: 2016-11-28 Last updated: 2016-12-05Bibliographically approved

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