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efficacy Assessment of the ergo-feedback software in Hospital Office staff
Zeinab Kazemi 1, Hamidreza Mokhtarinia 2, *, Reza
Msc Student of Ergonomics, University of Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Physiotherapy PhD, Assistant Professor of Ergonomics, University of Welfare and
Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Lecturer, Department of Agronomy, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation
Sciences, Tehran, Iran
* Corresponding author: Hamidreza Mokhtarinia, Physiotherapy PhD, Assistant Professor of Ergonomics, University of Welfare and Rehabilitation, Tehran, Iran.
Introduction: In the recent decades, owing to the advancement of technology, most jobs and occupations require the use of computers. Lack of information about ergonomic conditions has resulted in various occupational injuries. Break time between work and doing exercise, help in reduction of musculoskeletal symptoms. The present study aimed to use a new ergo-feedback software and to assess its usability in office staff.
Methods: Thirty office staff participated in this study. In the first step, muscle-skeletal symptoms were checked by a body map checklist. Then, the Borg score was determined by the participants, initially and after one work day. The software was then run in their systems and they worked with it for about two weeks. After two weeks, the Borg scale was completed again and efficacy of the software was evaluated by the system usability scale )SUS(. Data analysis was performed using descriptive statistics )mean and standard deviation( and Wilcoxon test. Statistical analysis was done by the SPSS software version 19.
Results: The results showed that there was a significant difference between the Borg score pre and post intervention )P > 0.05(. The majority of the users were satisfied with the software with the SUS score showing about %82.25 satisfaction.
conclusions: According to this study, office workers were satisfied with using this software and it can help reduce musculoskeletal symptoms during a prolonged time period.
Journal of ergonomics
Volume 4, no. 2, summer 2016