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THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SIMPLIFIED INTERVENTION PROGRAM FOR PREVENTING AND REDUCING LOW BACK PAIN AMONG MALAYSIAN BUS DRIVERS

Shamsul Bahri Mohd Tamrin1, Kazuhito Yokoyama2, Li Naing3 and Ng Yee Guan1
  • 1 Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences,Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
  • 2 Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, Faculty of Medicine, Juntendo University, Tokyo, Japan
  • 3 Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam

Abstract

An intervention study was conducted in order to determine the effectiveness of an exercise program for reducing Low Back Pain (LBP) among bus drivers. A total of 197 bus drivers were randomly selected from a baseline study involving 1,197 drivers. Repeated Intervention programs (IN1 and IN2) were introduced which consist of a video programs, poster, pamphlet and demonstration. Pre-Intervention (pre-IN1 and pre-IN2) and post Intervention (post-IN1 and post-IN2) assessment studies the effect of the intervention programs to LBP and knowledge of respondents observed every 3 months. Knowledge score during Pre-IN 1 shows no significant difference between both groups whereas significant increase of knowledge was observed in Post-IN1, Pre-IN2 and Post-IN2 among the intervention group. The study revealed no significant changes of LBP complaints after post-IN1 in both group but a significant reduction of LBP among intervention group compared to the control group in the post-IN2. The effectiveness of the program was only seen after 6 months of the program.

American Journal of Applied Sciences
Volume 11 No. 5, 2014, 818-832

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajassp.2014.818.832

Submitted On: 8 January 2014 Published On: 1 March 2014

How to Cite: Tamrin, S. B. M., Yokoyama, K., Naing, L. & Guan, N. Y. (2014). THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SIMPLIFIED INTERVENTION PROGRAM FOR PREVENTING AND REDUCING LOW BACK PAIN AMONG MALAYSIAN BUS DRIVERS. American Journal of Applied Sciences, 11(5), 818-832. https://doi.org/10.3844/ajassp.2014.818.832

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Keywords

  • LBP
  • Exercise Program
  • Intervention
  • Bus Drivers