Date of Award
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Dr. Shana Cerny
ergonomics, occupational therapy, body mechanics, workstation design, musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, occupational performance
This research study explored the benefits of providing ergonomic education and training within the healthcare setting, targeting certified nursing assistants as the population. The researcher provided the participants with an educational presentation and an in-person 30-minute training session to assist with reducing self-perceived musculoskeletal pain and fatigue while also promoting increased job satisfaction and occupational performance. The study utilizes three outcome measurements including the REBA assessment, weekly Likert scale questionnaires, and workstation analyses. After completing the five-week study, the researcher found that both participants showed reduction in self-perceived musculoskeletal pain and fatigue, improvements in the understanding of ergonomics and implementation of ergonomics into their work-related duties, improved confidence in their workstation design, and increased work productivity. The participants also saw a decrease in their REBA assessment scores but requires continued investigation to implement a future change. There was no positive correlation between the participants’ workstation set-up and posture after receiving either of the ergonomic interventions. As injury and illness prevention remain within the domain of occupational therapy, this study will enhance the knowledge that occupational therapists have regarding the ability to decrease symptoms of musculoskeletal pain and fatigue with proper ergonomic education. By implementing appropriate workstation designs and providing proper education to healthcare workers; occupational therapists can intervene in reducing worker compensation claims, improve job satisfaction, and promote increased health and well-being.
Nguyen, Johnny, "Application of Ergonomics in Healthcare through Environmental Adaptations" (2022). Occupational Therapy Capstone Presentations. 79.