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Evaluation of a musculoskeletal training package for occupational health practitioners

Evaluation of a musculoskeletal training package for occupational health practitioners
Evaluation of a musculoskeletal training package for occupational health practitioners
BACKGROUND: Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a common cause of disability in the workplace. Despite this, there is known to be a wide variation in the assessment of MSDs by UK occupational health (OH) professionals. Therefore we developed a workshop, supported by a bespoke, on-line video, focussing on the assessment and management of MSDs.

AIMS: To assess the impact of the training package on the knowledge, confidence and reported behaviour of attendees.

METHODS: Workshops were held in two regional centres in England. Delegates completed a questionnaire on arrival to establish their baseline knowledge and confidence and again at the end of the training. A third questionnaire, with one reminder, was e-mailed to delegates 4 months following the workshops.

RESULTS: Ninety-two OH professionals (77 nurses, 10 doctors and 5 'others') attended and more than 80% reported that they had no previous training in examining the upper or lower limb or in distinguishing specific from non-specific MSDs. Confidence among delegates in examination, diagnosis and management of MSDs improved after the workshop and these changes were sustained and remained statistically significant from baseline 4 months afterwards. Following the training, 79% (50) of delegates reported that they had shared the knowledge and skills acquired with their colleagues and 71% reported that they had used the examination techniques in their day-to-day practice.

CONCLUSIONS: We have developed a training package which resulted in improved knowledge among attendees and gave them confidence to use their skills in practice.

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579-582
Madan, I.
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Walker-Bone, K.
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Madan, I.
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Walker-Bone, K.
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Madan, I. and Walker-Bone, K. (2013) Evaluation of a musculoskeletal training package for occupational health practitioners. Occupational Medicine, 63 (8), 579-582. (doi:10.1093/occmed/kqt122). (PMID:24213093)

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a common cause of disability in the workplace. Despite this, there is known to be a wide variation in the assessment of MSDs by UK occupational health (OH) professionals. Therefore we developed a workshop, supported by a bespoke, on-line video, focussing on the assessment and management of MSDs.

AIMS: To assess the impact of the training package on the knowledge, confidence and reported behaviour of attendees.

METHODS: Workshops were held in two regional centres in England. Delegates completed a questionnaire on arrival to establish their baseline knowledge and confidence and again at the end of the training. A third questionnaire, with one reminder, was e-mailed to delegates 4 months following the workshops.

RESULTS: Ninety-two OH professionals (77 nurses, 10 doctors and 5 'others') attended and more than 80% reported that they had no previous training in examining the upper or lower limb or in distinguishing specific from non-specific MSDs. Confidence among delegates in examination, diagnosis and management of MSDs improved after the workshop and these changes were sustained and remained statistically significant from baseline 4 months afterwards. Following the training, 79% (50) of delegates reported that they had shared the knowledge and skills acquired with their colleagues and 71% reported that they had used the examination techniques in their day-to-day practice.

CONCLUSIONS: We have developed a training package which resulted in improved knowledge among attendees and gave them confidence to use their skills in practice.

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Published date: December 2013
Organisations: Faculty of Medicine

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Local EPrints ID: 367314
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/367314
ISSN: 0962-7480
PURE UUID: 7dbbe8a9-55cc-42b6-9df1-bab138a54577
ORCID for K. Walker-Bone: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5992-1459

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Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 01:08

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Author: I. Madan
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