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From The CriticsReviewer: Mary F Wolter, BSOT, OTR/L(Southern New Hampshire Rehab)
Description: This text provides a basic introduction to cumulative trauma disorders and ergonomics. Elements of an ergonomics program and the occupational therapist's role in ergonomics are also discussed.
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as both an instructional tool and reference for the occupational therapist and student. The concept of ergonomics is introduced, and a very basic knowledge of cumulative trauma disorders is provided, as are resources for treatment and further education.
Audience: The book is written for occupational therapists, assistants, and students with little or no previous knowledge of ergonomics. It is written by occupational therapists with experience in both hand therapy and work programs.
Features: Chapters include information on cumulative trauma disorders and prevention programs, ergonomics and its application to occupational therapy theory, and ergonomic services. Special attention is given to selling ergonomic services to industry and ergonomics specific to cumulative trauma disorders developed by computer users. Approximately half the book consists of appendixes providing resources, sample reports, and educational handouts. These are especially useful to the beginning therapist but it is unclear if this copyrighted material can be reproduced. The text sometimes reads like a research paper with frequent citing of other articles that is often distracting to the reader.
Assessment: This text is a very basic overview for someone who has had no exposure to ergonomics or cumulative trauma disorders. The appendixes provide good examples of materials for an ergonomics program and resources for broadening one's knowledge of ergonomics. However, this should not serve as the only reference text for someone seriously interested in pursuing ergonomics as a specialty.