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The efficacy of interventions for low back pain in nurses: a systematic review

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Show simple item record Van Hoof, Wannes O'Sullivan, Kieran O'Keeffe, Mary Verschueren, Sabine O'Sullivan, Peter B. Dankaerts, Wim 2017-12-15T11:20:33Z 2018
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dc.description.abstract Objectives: To investigate the efficacy of interventions for the prevention and treatment of low back pain in nurses. Design: Systematic review. Data sources: The review was registered on the PROSPERO database (CRD42015026941) and followed the PRISMA statement guidelines. A two phase approach was used. In phase one, all randomised controlled trials included in the systematic review of Dawson et al. (2007) which reviewed interventions for low back pain in nurses until 2004 were selected. In phase two, relevant randomised controlled trials and cluster randomised controlled trials published from 2004 until December 2015 were identified by an electronic search of nine databases (Embase, CINAHL, SPORTDiscus, PsycARTICLES, Cochrane Library, Web of Science, PEDro, Scopus and MEDLINE). To be eligible, trials had to examine the efficacy of interventions either for the prevention or treatment of low back pain in nurses. Primary outcomes of interest were any measure of pain and/or disability. Review methods: Three reviewers independently assessed eligibility and two reviewers independently conducted a risk of bias assessment (Cochrane Back and Neck Group). Results: Four studies were retrieved from phase one. In phase two, 15,628 titles and abstracts were scanned. From these, 150 full-text studies were retrieved and ten were eligible. Fourteen studies (four from phase one, ten from phase two) were eligible for risk of bias assessment. The included trials were highly heterogeneous, differing in pain and disability outcome measures, types of intervention, types of control group and follow-up durations. Only four of the included studies ( n= 644 subjects) had a low risk of bias (≥6/12). Manual handling training and stress management in isolation were not effective in nurses with and without low back pain (risk of bias, 7/12, n =210); the addition of a stretching exercise intervention was better than only performing usual activities (risk of bias, 6/12, n =127); combining manual handling training and back school was better than passive physiotherapy (risk of bias, 7/12, n= 124); and a multidimensional intervention (risk of bias, 7/12, n =183) was not superior to a general exercise program in reducing low back pain in nurses. Conclusions: Only four relevant low risk of bias randomised controlled trials were found. At present there is no strong evidence of efficacy for any intervention in preventing or treating low back pain in nurses. Additional high quality randomised controlled trials are required. It may be worth exploring the efficacy of more individualised multidimensional interventions for low back pain in the nursing population. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Internatonal Journal of Nursing Studies;77, pp. 222-231
dc.rights This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in International Journal of Nursing Studies. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in International Journal of Nursing Studies, 77, pp. 222-231, en_US
dc.subject intervention en_US
dc.subject low back pain en_US
dc.subject nurses en_US
dc.subject nursing aides en_US
dc.subject nursing profession en_US
dc.subject occupational en_US
dc.title The efficacy of interventions for low back pain in nurses: a systematic review en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2017.10.015 2018-11-06
dc.embargo.terms 2018-11-06 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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