Despite many years of group-based primary prevention at the workplace to reduce work-related musculoskeletal disorders, there were neither any significant reductions in sickness absences, nor occupational diseases. A new approach focuses on secondary and tertiary preventive measures, which are individually tailored for the needs of single employees.
The following questions need to be addressed:
A systematic literature search on scientific databases will be conducted to summarize the available evidence. To specify the search strategy we will use the PICOS scheme (PICOS: Patient, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome, Study Design). Two reviewers will independently screen the search results against predefined eligibility criteria, which will be developed in cooperation with a group of experts.
Methodological study quality will be assessed with a standardized risk of bias assessment. If appropriate, we will conduct a meta-analysis to pool the results of included studies. To supplement the database search we will identify "grey literature" by systematic search and an expert survey.
-cross sectoral-Type of hazard:
work-related diseases, handling of loads, mechanical hazardsCatchwords:
occupational disease, prevention, musculoskeletal disorders (except cancer)Description, key words:
individual prevention, musculoskeletal disorders