Processes, barriers and facilitators to implementation of a participatory ergonomics program among eldercare workers

Charlotte Diana Nørregaard Rasmussen, Naja Klærke Lindberg, Marie Højbjerg Ravn, Marie Birk Jørgensen, Karen Søgaard, Andreas Holtermann

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This study aimed to investigate the processes of a participatory ergonomics program among 594 eldercare workers with emphasis on identified risk factors for low back pain and solutions, and reveal barriers and facilitators for implementation. Sixty-nine per cent of the identified risk factors were physical ergonomic, 24% were organisational and 7% were psychosocial risk factors. Most solutions were organisational (55%), followed by physical (43%) and psychosocial solutions (2%). Internal factors (e.g. team or management) constituted 47% of the barriers and 75% of the facilitators. External factors (e.g. time, financial resources, collaboration with resident or relatives) constituted 53% of the barriers and 25% of the facilitators. This study revealed the processes and implementation of a participatory ergonomics program among eldercare workers. The findings can be transferred to workers, workplaces, health and safety professionals, and researchers to improve future participatory ergonomics programs.

Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied Ergonomics
Pages (from-to)491-9
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017



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