Publication type: Conference other
Type of review: Peer review (abstract)
Title: A multi-component intervention (NEXpro) reduces neck pain-related work productivity loss : an RCT among Swiss office workers
Authors: Aegerter, Andrea
Deforth, Manja
Volken, Thomas
Johnston, Venerina
Luomajoki, Hannu
Dressel, Holger
Dratva, Julia
Ernst, Markus
Distler, Oliver
Brunner, Beatrice
Sjøgaard, Gisela
Melloh, Markus
Elfering, Achim
et. al: No
Conference details: 7th International Conference "Work an Health", virtual, 10-11 February, 2022
Issue Date: 10-Feb-2022
Language: English
Subject (DDC): 331: Labor economics
613: Personal health
Abstract: Background: Neck pain is common among office workers and negatively influences productivity. This study aimed to investigate the effect of a multi-component intervention, combining current best evidence interventions, on neck pain-related work productivity loss among Swiss office workers. Methods: In this cluster randomized controlled trial, office workers aged 18-65 years and without serious neck-related health problems were recruited from two organisations. A biostatistician randomly assigned participants to the intervention cluster. The 12-week multi-component intervention included neck exercises, health-promotion information, and workstation ergonomics. The primary outcome of neck pain-related work productivity loss (absenteeism, presenteeism) was measured using the Work Productivity and Activity Impairment Questionnaire and expressed as percentages of working time. Additionally, we reported the weekly monetary value of neck pain-related work productivity loss. Data was analysed on an intention-to-treat basis using a generalized linear mixed-effects model. Results: Participants were recruited between Oct 28, 2019, and Dec 20, 2019. Data from 120 participants were analysed with 517 observations. At baseline, the mean age was 43.7 years (SD 9.8 years), 71.7 % of participants were female (N = 86), about 80 % (N = 95) reported mild to moderate neck pain, and neck pain-related work productivity loss was 12 % of working time (absenteeism: 1.2 %, presenteeism: 10.8 %). We found an effect of our multi-component intervention on neck pain-related work productivity loss, with a marginal predicted mean reduction of 2.8 percentage points (-0.27; 95 % CI: -0.54 to -0.001, p = 0.049). Weekly saved costs were CHF 27.40 per participant. One adverse event occurred. Interpretation: Our study provides evidence for the effectiveness of a multi-component intervention to reduce neck pain-related work productivity loss with implications for health care providers, employers, employees, and policymakers.
Further description: Oral presentation
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Health Sciences
Published as part of the ZHAW project: Prävention und Intervention von Nackenschmerzen bei Büroangestellten in der Schweiz (NEXpro)
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