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[A new community-based education approach aiming at the return to work].

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Revue médicale suisse
Publication Date
Volume
4
Issue
151
Pages
854–857
Identifiers
PMID: 18488749
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Musculoskeletal disorders are the most frequent health problem (24%) linked to work in Europe and in Switzerland. PMSE, a health prevention service dealing with health at work, has developed a new patient education approach. The objectives of this approach are to anticipate chronic disorders, prevent musculoskeletal disorders, and make workers aware of risk factors. The goals and strategies of this intervention as well as both individual and group workshops are described in this article. The results are convincing since, over a period of 3 years, a 58% decrease of absenteeism due to musculoskeletal disorders as well as a 93% reduction of disability have been observed. In conclusion, these very positive results emanate from this patient education approach, a close collaboration with employees and direction and, also, from the quality of the whole health network.

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