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The effect of flooring on musculoskeletal symptoms in the lower extremities and low back among female nursing assistants.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
2011 (English)In: Ergonomics, ISSN 0014-0139, E-ISSN 1366-5847, Vol. 55, no 2, 248-255 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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London: Taylor & Francis, 2011. Vol. 55, no 2, 248-255 p.
Keyword [en]
feet, intervention, lower limbs, musculoskeletal symptoms
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Environmental Health and Occupational Health
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-49981DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2011.583360PubMedID: 21846283OAI: diva2:458436
Available from: 2011-11-23 Created: 2011-11-23 Last updated: 2012-04-24Bibliographically approved

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