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WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation is an interdisciplinary, international journal which publishes high quality peer-reviewed manuscripts covering the entire scope of the occupation of work. The journal's subtitle has been deliberately laid out: The first goal is the prevention of illness, injury, and disability. When this goal is not achievable, the attention focuses on assessment to design client-centered intervention, rehabilitation, treatment, or controls that use scientific evidence to support best practice.
WORK occasionally publishes thematic issues, but in general, issues cover a wide range of topics such as ergonomic considerations with children, youth and students, the challenges facing an aging workforce, workplace violence, injury management, performing artists, ergonomic product evaluations, and the awareness of the political, cultural, and environmental determinants of health related to work.
Dr. Karen Jacobs, the founding editor, and her editorial board especially encourage the publication of research studies, clinical practice, case study reports, as well as personal narratives and critical reflections of lived work experiences (autoethnographic/autobiographic scholarship),
Sounding Board commentaries and
Speaking of Research articles which provide the foundation for better understanding research to facilitate knowledge dissemination.
Narrative Reflections on Occupational Transitions, a new column, is for persons who have successfully transitioned into, between, or out of occupations to tell their stories in a narrative form. With an internationally renowned editorial board,
WORK maintains high standards in the evaluation and publication of manuscripts. All manuscripts are reviewed expeditiously and published in a timely manner.
WORK prides itself on being an author-friendly journal.
WORK celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015.
*WORK is affiliated with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)* *WORK is endorsed by the International Ergonomics Association (IEA)* *WORK gives out the yearly Cheryl Bennett Best Paper Award*
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Lumbar disc-related disorders are a main cause of work-related osteo-articular morbidity. Lumbar disc surgery (LDS) has been chosen as sentinel event for the epidemiological surveillance of these disorders since LDS can be identified in the medical databases from public and private hospitals. OBJECTIVE: To assess the theoretical impact of workplace-based primary interventions designed to reduce exposure to personal and/or work-related risk factors for LDS. METHODS: Cases of LDS were assessed using hospital discharge records for persons aged 20–64 in 2007-8 in the French Pays de la Loire region. We estimated the number of work-related cases…of LDS (WR-LDS) in high-risk industry sectors. Three theoretical scenarios of workplace-based primary prevention have been simulated: a mono-component work-centered intervention reducing the incidence of WR-LDS by 10%, and two multicomponent global interventions reducing the incidence of all cases of LDS by 5% and 10% by targeting personal and occupational risk factors. RESULTS: Four high-risk sectors were identified, amounting to 277 [216–352] cases, of which 98 [37–175] were WR-LDS: construction and information & communication for men; wholesale & retail trade and accommodation & food service activities for women. AFE was limited for each industry sector, 30%, 50%, 33% and 55%, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Prevention scenarios combining actions on personal and occupational risk factors would be the most effective, compared to prevention focused only on occupational risk factors. Implementing actions of promotion of health at work would be necessary in addition of actions on occupational risks.
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Measurement of hand exertion is very important to quantify the risk of Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs) in manufacturing fields. Although a direct measurement is the most accurate way to quantify physical load, it is expensive and time consuming. To solve this limitation, a subjective self-report method has been proposed as a possible alternative. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to analyze the accuracy of subjective perception for grip force exertions associated with handedness (dominant and non-dominant hands). METHODS: A total of nine healthy adults participated in this study. All participants were…asked to exert hand grip forces for randomly selected target force levels without any information about the actual target force levels. Then, participants were also asked to rate the subjective perception of their exertion level using % Maximum Voluntary Contraction (MVC) after each hand grip force exertion. RESULTS: The trend of subjective perception for various target force levels was different according to the handedness. In the case of the dominant hand, participants tend to rate less MVC levels (under-estimation) than the actual target force levels at lower than 50% MVC, whereas they tend to rate more MVC levels (over-estimation) than the actual target force levels at higher than 50% MVC, respectively. In case of non-dominant hand, generally participants showed over-estimate for all levels of MVCs in this study. CONCLUSIONS: According to the results of this study, subjective perception of exertion showed different patterns on the handedness (S-shape for dominant hand vs . over-estimation for non-dominant hand) for various target force levels. Therefore, it would be necessary to apply different criteria for each hand to evaluate subjective perception of hand grip exertion tasks.
Keywords: Subjective perception of exertion, hand grip exertion, % maximum voluntary
contraction, Borg’s CR-10 Scale, work-related musculoskeletal disorders
vol. Pre-press, no. Pre-press, pp. 1-6, 2018
Abstract: BACKGROUND: One reaction to injustice or humiliation is embitterment, a disabling emotion, which can hinder the pursuit of functional solutions for problems in life. Unemployment can be experienced differently, depending on the subjective appraisal of the cause, how a person came to being laid off, the consequences, and especially feelings of injustice. OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study is to explore the frequency and correlates of embitterment in unemployed persons in contrast to general psychological distress. METHODS: Self rating on the Posttraumatic Embitterment Scale (PTED scale), the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28) and a…survey on the unemployment status of 102 randomly selected persons who were waiting in a German unemployment agency office. RESULTS: A score of ≥6 on the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28) was found in 40.2% of the sample, indicating severe psychological distress. Unemployment was seen as a severe, or very severe burden by 56% of participants, and judged as unjust by 40% of participants. An elevated score above 2 on the Posttraumatic Embitterment Scale was found in 25.5% participants. Appraisal and duration of unemployment, feelings of injustice, and age were related to embitterment, but not psychological distress. CONCLUSIONS: Embitterment is a destructive emotion in reaction to unemployment, which can impair functional coping.
Keywords: Injustice, humiliation, mental health, appraisal, work place
vol. Pre-press, no. Pre-press, pp. 1-6, 2018