Efficacy of workplace interventions for shoulder pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis Journal Articles uri icon

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  • OBJECTIVE: To perform a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials on the efficacy of workplace-based interventions to prevent or treat shoulder pain. DATA SOURCES: A systematic review of 4 databases was performed up to January 2016. STUDY SELECTION: Randomized controlled trials were included if the intervention under study was a workplace-based intervention performed to prevent or reduce shoulder pain and disability in workers. DATA EXTRACTION: The methodological quality of the studies was evaluated and meta-analyses were conducted. Pooled mean differences and risk ratios were calculated. DATA SYNTHESIS: Data from 4 studies on strengthening exercises performed in the workplace for workers with shoulder pain (n = 368) were pooled. A statistically significant reduction in pain intensity was observed compared with different control interventions (mean differences (scale out of 10) 1.31 (95% confidence interval (95% CI) 0.86-1.76)). Pooled data from 5 studies on the efficacy of workstation modifications (n = 2,148) showed a statistically significant reduction in the prevalence of shoulder pain with a risk ratio of 1.88 (95% CI 1.20-2.96) compared with different control interventions. CONCLUSION: Low-grade evidence exists that a workplace exercise programme may reduce the intensity of shoulder pain, and that workstation modifications may reduce the prevalence of shoulder pain.


  • Lowry, V
  • Desjardins-Charbonneau, A
  • Roy, J
  • Dionne, C
  • Frémont, P
  • MacDermid, Joy
  • Desmeules, F

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  • 2017