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1. Citation: Chen, X., Coombes, B. K., Sjogaard, G., Jun, D., O-Leary, S., & Johnston, V. (2018). Workplace-based interventions for neck pain in office workers: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Physical Therapy, 98(1), 40-62.
Keywords: Back pain, ergonomics, exercise, intervention, literature reviews, musculoskeletal disorders, pain, physical therapy, work environment, workers with disabilities
Abstract: Study reviewed the evidence on the effectiveness of workplace-based interventions for neck pain in office workers. MEDLINE, PEDro, CINAHL, and CENTRAL were searched for relevant randomized controlled trials (RCTs) published since database inception and before May 31, 2016. Twenty-seven RCTs were included. Data were extracted by 1 reviewer using predefined data fields and checked by a second reviewer. Risk of bias was assessed by 2 independent reviewers using the 2015 Cochrane Back and Neck Group guidelines. Evidence quality was evaluated using the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation system. There was moderate-quality evidence that neck/shoulder strengthening exercises and general fitness training were effective in reducing neck pain in office workers who were symptomatic, although the effect size was larger for strengthening exercises. Greater effects were observed with greater participation in exercise. Ergonomic interventions were supported by low-quality evidence. Workplace-based strengthening exercises were effective in reducing neck pain in office workers who were symptomatic, and the effect size was larger when the exercises were targeted to the neck/shoulder. Future RCTs of ergonomic interventions targeted at office workers who are symptomatic are required. More research on neck pain prevention is warranted.
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