The Stay@Work study: Participatory Ergonomics to prevent low back and neck pain among workers

Background

In the Netherlands, low back pain (LBP) and neck pain are a major occupational problem with considerable costs for companies and society. Primary prevention of these complaints is needed. Participatory Ergonomics (PE) showed to reduce MSD complaints among workers working at various settings. Furthermore, PE showed to be a successful return to work intervention for workers with sub acute LBP. No study investigated if PE is effective to prevent LBP and neck pain. Therefore, the Stay@Work study evaluates the (cost-) effectiveness of Participatory Ergonomics (PE) to prevent LBP and neck pain among workers.

The Stay@Work study is a study of Body@Work. Body@Work is a joint initiative of the Institute for Research in Extramural Medicine of the VU University Medical Center (EMGO Institute) and TNO Quality of Life.