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Development and implementations of interventions managing work related musculoskeletal disorders: Inadequacy of prevalent research framework and future opportunities

Editorial letter
Authors Jörgen Winkel
Rolf H Westgaard
Published in Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Volume 45
Issue 3
ISSN 0355-3140
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Sociology and Work Science
Language en
Keywords Ergonomic intervention research; Production Ergonomics;
Subject categories Social Psychology, Health Sciences, Medical Ergonomics, Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics


The position paper by van der Beek and coworkers (Scand J Work Environ. & Health, 2017) makes the point that workplace interventions have not been overly successful in preventing work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). In the present Letter to the Editor, we argue that work-related MSD intervention based on the research framework of van der Beek and coworkers and others is unlikely to make much impact. It is concluded that most of the intervention research aimed at reducing occupational MSD seems to have ignored the impact of interventions aiming at improved production system performance. This suggests that we need an expansion of the traditional MSD intervention research paradigm; i.e. how to involve the stakeholders responsible for interventions aiming at improving production system performance.

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