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Workplace redesign for caretaker transferring task in Luleå, Sweden
2001 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The objectives of this quasi experimental field study in Luleå community (Sweden) is to investigate the effects of available workspace on the caregiver´s posture when caretaker is transferred by mobile hoist from bed to wheelchair at home, and is to apply intervention in terms of environmental changes for one case and evaluate caregivers´ posture during caretaker transferring task in a reorganised work environment and compare their results to the original condition. Hypothesis was that optimising biospace of caregivers in home environment reduces biomechanical stresses on caregivers´ bodies and improves posture during transferring task. In the first part of the study six caregiver groups were observed. Each group had two caregivers and a caretaker. Data about the characteristics of home care service, especially on the usage of assistive devices and caretaker transfer data were gathered by questionnaires from 93 caregivers. The investigation focused on the biomechanical stresses and harmful postures on the caregivers´ body at home environment during transferring task. Intervention technique was based on the results of the six cases. Predicted workspace result and biomechanical analysis of the task seemed to show that possible causes of musculoskeletal injuries occurred more often when caregivers used bigger workspace. The opposite biomechanical result was found where the largest area was used for transferring task. Walking forward, backward and sideways can also be related to musculoskeletal problems. Shoulder, low-back, hip and torso were infected by caretaker transferring task. In the second part of the study a previous case was selected and intervention technique was applied by assuming that the optimised work environment can reduce biomechanical stresses on the caregivers´ body and improve their posture. Subjective assessment on the working conditions was given to the participants. In the selected case, biomechanical analysis revealed that workplace design can improve posture and reduce biomechanical stresses on the caregivers´ body, even if caregivers think there is a reduction in available workspace around them during transferring task. Further investigation would be needed in order to analyse the effect of environment changes on other caregiving activities and relation to musculoskeletal disorder.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001.
Keywords [en]
Technology, caretaker transfer, workplace design, biomechanical analysis, home-care service
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-42612ISRN: LTU-EX--01/112--SELocal ID: 09b5c4a0-9b3b-4f29-9772-0c546f4c0d4aOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-42612DiVA, id: diva2:1015835
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Ergonomics, master's level
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Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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