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|Title: ||What constitutes effective manual handling training? A systematic review|
|Authors: ||Clemes, Stacy A.|
|Keywords: ||Health care|
Low back pain
|Issue Date: ||2010|
|Publisher: ||© The Authors 2009. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society of Occupational Medicine|
|Citation: ||CLEME, S.A., HASLAM, C.O. and HASLAM, R.A., 2010. What constitutes effective manual handling training? A systematic review. Occupational Medicine, 60 (2), pp.101-107.|
|Abstract: ||Background: Injuries caused by manual handling are a major burden to society. Manual handling training
programmes have been designed to reduce the likelihood of injury among the workforce; however,
concerns have been raised over the efficacy of current manual handling training methods.
Aims: To undertake a systematic review of the literature examining the effectiveness of different approaches
to training in manual handling.
Methods: Peer-reviewed publications along with published conference proceedings published in English,
between 1980 and 2009, on the topic of manual handling training comprised the search criteria.
A published checklist for reviewing papers was selected, which formed the basis for assessing the
quality of the papers reviewed.
Results: A total of 1827 papers were located. Following elimination of duplicates, 221 papers were collected
and reviewed. Of these, 53 papers were intervention studies with the primary aim of investigating the
effectiveness of manual handling training. The review identified little evidence supporting the effectiveness
of both technique- and educational-based manual handling training. In addition, there was
considerable evidence supporting the idea that the principles learnt during training are not applied in
the working environment. Strength and flexibility training shows promise; however, further research is
needed to ascertain whether such an intervention is sustainable over the long term.
Conclusions: The evidence collected indicates that manual handling training is largely ineffective in reducing back
pain and back injury. High priority should be given to developing and evaluating multidimensional
interventions, incorporating exercise training to promote strength and flexibility, which are tailored to
the industrial sector.|
|Description: ||This article is closed access.|
|Version: ||Closed access|
|Publisher Link: ||http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/occmed/kqp127|
|Appears in Collections:||Closed Access (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)|
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