The Cost-effectiveness of a primary multidisciplinary prevention program for aspecic work related low back pain

Evert Zinzen, Geens Jan

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Abstract

Study design: A randomized clinical trial, a 6 months lasting intervention in a Flemish hospital.
Objective: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of a primary multidisciplinary prevention program for aspecific work related low back pain (aLBP).
Literature: aLBP accounts for high economic costs in Western societies. An adequate prevention program could perhaps lower these cost burdens. Little is known concerning the cost-effectiveness of primary multidisciplinary prevention programs for aLPB.
Methods: The study population consisted of 36 nurses from an hospital in Antwerp. This group of nurses was randomized in one control group and one intervention group. The intervention group (17) participated in a prevention program consisting out of 4 parts: an intervention to influence the current policy of the stakeholders, a general fitness and healthy feeding intervention, a psychological intervention and an ergonomic intervention. Data analysis was done with a significance level of 5%.
Results: Results did not show significant differences in effects of the prevention program. The total cost however was Euro 14062 (Euro 5102 for the intervention and Euro 8960 due to the incidence of 1 aLBP case) in the intervention group and Euro 0,00 for the control.
Conclusion: This study provides no evidence for the adaptation of this worksite prevention program for aLBP probably due to the small group of subjects, the rather short period of the intervention (6 months) and no follow-up. Personal impressions of the participating nurses were very positive leading to the final conclusion that longer interventions on a larger population are needed to evaluate the cost-effectiveness and behavioral changes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Symposium: "Propriocepcis and Locomotion" of EISCSA
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2009
EventFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 21 Sep 200925 Sep 2009

Conference

ConferenceFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet
CountrySweden
CityStockholm
Period21/09/0925/09/09

Keywords

  • cost-effectiveness
  • low back pain
  • prevention program

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