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|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||تعداد صفحات مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی|
|8297||2012||7 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید|
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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Applied Ergonomics, Volume 43, Issue 1, January 2012, Pages 239–245
The aim of this study was to evaluate the implementation fidelity of a multidimensional ergonomic program designed to prevent back pain injuries among healthcare personnel. The program, provided by peer trainers included training intended to modify patient handling and transfer behaviour, trainee follow-up, prevention activities aimed at work environment improvements and follow-up monitors training. Two hundred twenty-one peer trainers at 139 Quebec healthcare institutions participated in our study. Only 61.5% were involved in training; most of them taught safe patient handling, positioning, transfer, and preparation techniques, which are the cornerstones of the program; 72.7% were involved in prevention activities, 46.1% in follow-up activities, and 10.7% in follow-up monitors training. The study results should help organizations anticipate and prevent potential discrepancies between prescribed and implemented programs.
All industrialized countries report a high prevalence of occupational back pain and related costs (Nachemson and Jonsson, 2000). In the province of Quebec, Canada, the latest statistics indicate that back pain accounted for 27.2% of all occupational injuries compensated between 2000 and 2002 (Duguay et al., 2008). The health and social services sector is particularly concerned about this type of problem, as the most common anatomic site of injury is the back (Duguay et al., 2003). Studies have found relationships between patient handling and transfer techniques and the incidence of back pain (Best, 1997, Jansen et al., 2004, Kjellberg et al., 2003, Kutash et al., 2009 and Venning et al., 1987). The multidimensional ergonomic program under study, the Safe Patient-Transfer Training Program (SPTTP), focuses on these tasks. The SPTTP has been implemented in Quebec healthcare institutions since 1985 and has the primary prevention of back pain among healthcare workers as its objective. This program was designed and developed by the Association for Health and Safety in the Workplace – Social Affairs Sector (ASSTSAS), one of 13 organizations created under Quebec’s Act Respecting Occupational Health and Safety, to provide training, information and guidance to organizations in its activity sector. Master-instructors from the ASSTSAS train healthcare personnel, who become peer trainers in their respective hospitals after earning accreditation. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the implementation fidelity of the program provided by peer trainers to their healthcare colleagues. In agreement with Hasson (2010), by implementation fidelity we mean the extent of the discrepancies between the SPTTP as implemented in hospitals and as prescribed by the organization that designed the training program. SPTTP, provided by peer trainers included four interventions: 1) training of healthcare colleagues intended to modify their patient handling and transfer behaviour, 2) trainee follow-up in order to prevent problems that could hinder application of the principles learned, 3) prevention activities aimed at work environment improvements and 4) follow-up monitors training which should provide hospitals with competent human resources devoting a part of their working time to back pain prevention. Given that back pain related to patient handling and transfer techniques is multicausal, SPTTP is intended to address all the risk factors involved. Primary back pain prevention programs that concentrate on worker training have been popular for several years (Best, 1997). With the exception of one study (Scopa, 1993), results indicate that such programs improve skills (Amosun and Falodun, 1991, Daltroy et al., 1993, Kindblom-Rising et al., 2011, Schenk et al., 1996 and Walsh and Schwartz, 1990) and increase adoption of the principles of body mechanics or ergonomic work techniques in experimental situations (Amosun and Falodun, 1991, Fanello et al., 2002, Feldstein et al., 1993, Johnsson et al., 2002, Kindblom-Rising et al., 2011, Lagerström et al., 1998, McCauley, 1990, Nygard et al., 1998, Schenk et al., 1996, Trevelyan, 2002 and Videman et al., 1989) and field intervention (Robertson et al., 2009). However, observational studies in the workplace indicate that certain work constraints, such as small work spaces or a shortage of personnel, hinder adoption of the ergonomic techniques recommended in prevention programs (Best, 1997, Fanello et al., 2002, Nygard et al., 1998, St-Vincent et al., 1989 and Trevelyan, 2002). Epidemiological studies on the ultimate outcomes of such training programs do not provide evidence of their effectiveness. Whether in terms of the prevalence or incidence of back pain, either self-evaluated or diagnosed by a professional, most studies did not show statistically significant differences between experimental and control groups, or between pre-test and post-test data (Best, 1997, Bigos et al., 2009, Daltroy et al., 1997, Fanello et al., 2002, Johnsson et al., 2002, Lynch and Freund, 2000, Maher, 2000, Morken et al., 2002, Smedley et al., 2003, Van Poppel et al., 1998, Van Poppel et al., 2004, Versloot et al., 1992, Videman et al., 1989, Warming et al., 2008 and Yassi et al., 2001). One of the two exceptions is the case of sub-groups composed of individuals already suffering from back pain at pre-test time (Fanello et al., 2002). The other is a recent study (Kindblom-Rising et al., 2011) that showed a statistically significant decrease in the number of nurses reporting a physical disorder among a group exposed, for one year, to a two half-day patient transfer course. The authors did not observe such a reduction in their control group. In two systematic reviews, Martimo et al. concluded that there was limited to moderate evidence that training with or without assistive devices do not prevent back pain (Martimo et al., 2007) and that there was “…no evidence to support use of advice or training in working techniques with or without lifting equipment for preventing back pain…” (Martimo et al., 2008). Furthermore, in their systematic review, Bos et al. (2006) concluded that training and education combined with an ergonomic intervention were effective in preventing musculoskeletal symptoms, including back pain, in healthcare workers. In general, studies evaluate simple programs that focus on training only or on training combined with making patient lifting equipment available in the workplace, whereas in theory, to be effective, a primary back pain prevention program must address all the risk factors for back pain present in the work environment, namely, the physical and biomechanical characteristics of work (Daltroy et al., 1993, Engholm and Holmström, 2005, Lagerström et al., 1998 and Lynch and Freund, 2000), the management of work environments (Lynch and Freund, 2000) and equipment (Feldstein et al., 1993, Miller et al., 2006 and Smedley et al., 2003) and the psychosocial aspects of work (Chokar et al., 2004, Koehoorn et al., 2006, Smedley et al., 2003, Truchon and Fillion, 2000, Westgaard and Winkel, 1997 and Yassi et al., 2005). Moreover, in accordance with the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion (World Health Organization, 1986), the programs implemented in hospitals should target workers, care units and the organizations themselves. The likelihood of simple training programs that target only behavioural changes reducing the incidence of back pain is therefore low. More research is therefore needed on multidimensional programs because back pain is multicausal. Our study was part of a broader evaluative research project on SPTTP effectiveness in its natural environment. This type of evaluation is rare (Chen, 2004). However, it is necessary if application limitations and the ethical problems often characterizing the randomized controlled trials used to evaluate public health interventions (Victoria et al., 2004) are to be mitigated. The present evaluation sought to identify discrepancies between the SPTTP as implemented in hospitals and as prescribed by the ASSTSAS in order to prevent the occurrence of a Type III error in the second phase of our project, i.e., a bias consisting in erroneously concluding that a program is inefficient when the absence of effect is actually due to incomplete or inadequate program implementation (Dobson and Cook, 1980).
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
Our results were useful to the ASSTSAS, which became aware of the problems associated with the implementation of its program and was prompted to seek solutions. Furthermore, the results will allow any organization studying the feasibility of implementing a program similar to the SPTTP to anticipate discrepancies likely to arise between the prescribed and implemented programs. The results could also guide administrators seeking to appraise their own program implementation and introduce corrective measures. Based on their systematic review of clinical trials, Maher (2000) and Van Poppel et al., 1998 and Van Poppel et al., 2004 found limited evidence that training did not help prevent back pain in the workplace. Most epidemiological studies of back pain training programs have adopted the black box approach (Chen and Rossi, 1983), in which the authors neglect to specify the underlying program theory. Without knowledge of the underlying program theory, it is difficult to ascertain the external validity and usefulness of the study’s inferences. In the systematic reviews, when clinical trial results are available, the authors often exclude the other types of designs, which are described as methodologically weaker and as coming from disciplines other than epidemiology, such as evaluative research or ergonomics (Neumann et al., 2010). The results of observational evaluations must be taken into account in practical evidence-based guidelines. Without them, such guidelines would be biased, reflecting interventions that are easy to evaluate using epidemiological methods but that are not necessarily more efficient or are characterized by a high cost/benefit ratio (Des Jarlais et al., 2004). Given the prevalence of occupational back pain and the lack of scientific evidence on the effectiveness of multidimensional programs designed to prevent its incidence, more evaluative research is needed. However, the implementation fidelity of such complex programs must be appraised and ensured before their effectiveness is evaluated in real work settings. Otherwise, studies may conclude erroneously that the program is ineffective when the real problem could be faulty implementation (Dobson and Cook, 1980 and Hasson, 2010).