The effect of flooring on musculoskeletal symptoms in the lower extremities and low back among female nursing assistants.
2011 (English)In: Ergonomics, ISSN 0014-0139, E-ISSN 1366-5847, Vol. 55, no 2, 248-255 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study examines the effect of changing the floor from a 2-mm homogenous vinyl floor to a 4-mm heterogeneous vinyl floor (1.5-mm wear layer and 2.5-mm foam layer) on musculoskeletal symptoms in the lower extremities and low back among nursing assistants in a geriatric care centre. A pre-post design with a reference group consisting of nursing assistants from a similar geriatric care centre was used. Follow-up measurements were carried out 12 and 24 months after the intervention by means of questionnaires. At the 1-year follow-up, the pain intensity score in the feet of the intervention group had decreased compared with the baseline value and remained statistically significant at the 2-year follow-up. The decrease in pain intensity score of the feet in the intervention group was statistically significantly different from the reference group, both after 1 and 2 years. Statement of Relevance: The results show the importance of flooring in the workplace with regard to reducing musculoskeletal symptoms. Appropriate flooring is especially important in the female-dominated health care sector, where workers must stand or walk for long periods.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Taylor & Francis, 2011. Vol. 55, no 2, 248-255 p.
feet, intervention, lower limbs, musculoskeletal symptoms
Environmental Health and Occupational Health
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-49981DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2011.583360PubMedID: 21846283OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-49981DiVA: diva2:458436