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Passive Trunk Exoskeleton Acceptability and Effects on Self-efficacy in Employees with Low-Back Pain: A Mixed Method Approach


Autor/in:

Baltrusch, Saskia; Houdijk, Han; van Dieen, J. H. [u. a.]


Herausgeber/in:

k. A.


Quelle:

Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 2021, Volume 31 (Issue 1), Seite 129-141, Dordrecht: Springer Niederlande, ISSN: 1053-0487 (Print); 1573-3688 (Online)


Jahr:

2021



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Abstract:


Purpose:

Determinants of successfully introducing passive exoskeletons in the working environment to decrease mechanical loading on the back, are acceptability of the device to management and employees, including self-efficacy of employees when using the device. Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess self-efficacy of employees with low-back pain when using an exoskeleton and the acceptability of such a device to these employees and their managers.

Methods:

We used a mixed method approach. We quantitatively assessed the change in self-efficacy of 17 employees with low-back pain when performing daily activity tasks with the exoskeleton, using the modified spinal function sort (M-SFS). Qualitatively, we conducted a focus group with employees and a double interview with two managers to add more insight and understandings into changes in self-efficacy and to discuss challenges of implementing an exoskeleton in the working environment.

Results:

Self-efficacy significantly increased by 7 percent when using the exoskeleton. Employees acknowledged the flexibility of the exoskeleton being advantageous to current static external lifting devices, which confirmed the increase of self-efficacy in both static and dynamic tasks. Individual data showed that the increase in self-efficacy was largest for participants, being greatly restricted by their low-back pain. In the focus group, employees confirmed that they are mostly open to wearing the exoskeleton if they suffer from low-back pain.

Conclusion:

If potential challenges, example given visibility and potential refusal of wearing an exoskeleton are considered in the implementation strategy, acceptability of and self-efficacy in using the passive trunk exoskeleton would be further improved, potentially contributing to reduced risk of low-back pain.


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Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Homepage: https://link.springer.com/journal/10926

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Referenznummer:

R/ZA9369


Informationsstand: 06.07.2021

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