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Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Workplace examines the scientific basis for connecting musculoskeletal disorders with the workplace, considering people, job tasks, and work environments. A multidisciplinary panel draws conclusions about the likelihood of causal links and the effectiveness of various intervention strategies. The panel also offers recommendations for what actions can be considered on the basis of current information and for closing information gaps.
This book presents the latest information on the prevalence, incidence, and costs of musculoskeletal disorders and identifies factors that influence injury reporting. It reviews the broad scope of evidence: epidemiological studies of physical and psychosocial variables, basic biology, biomechanics, and physical and behavioral responses to stress. Given the magnitude of the problem-approximately 1 million people miss some work each year-and the current trends in workplace practices, this volume will be a must for advocates for workplace health, policy makers, employers, employees, medical professionals, engineers, lawyers, and labor officials.
|2||Dimensions of the Problem||38|
|3||Methodological Issues and Approaches||65|
|Pt. II||Review of the Evidence|
|8||Interventions in the Workplace||301|
|9||Work Now and in the Future||330|
|10||Patterns of Evidence||351|
|11||Conclusions and Recommendations||364|
|App. A||Answers to Questions Posed by Congress||431|
|App. B||Dissent, Robert M. Szabo||439|
|App. C||Panel Response to the Dissent||458|
|App. D||Contributors to the Report||461|
|App. E||Biographical Sketches of Panel Members and Staff||465|