Nurses, manual handling, back pain and ergonomics 

The Institute has researched these problems for over thirty years. Recent studies have examined the ageing healthcare workforce and the ‘resistance’ to change. Much of the ergonomics focus has been on how to redesign the system  to reduce nurses' exposure to risk. Prospective evaluation of  hospital work system interventions, including ergonomics and training have been undertaken. The results have shown the complexity and difficulty of undertaking and sustaining effective changes.


Allen, L; Stubbs, D; Hignett, S; (2007): Why do nurses continue to use the draglift? Contemporary Ergonomics, Ed P Bust; 451-456, Taylor and Francis,London.

Smedley, J., Trevelyan, F., Inskip, H., Buckle, P., Cooper, C. and Coggon,  D. 2003, Impact of ergonomic intervention on back pain among nurses, Scandinavian Journal of Work Environment and Health, 29, 117-23.