Factors influencing the effectiveness of manual handling education

Heather Gray, Jade White

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Annually, over one half of reported occupational injuries are associated with the manual handling of loads. Employers are legally required to provide training and education in safer handling practices, to prevent the occurrence of such injuries. However, the effectiveness of this education is not conclusive.
In total, 45 back care advisers, employed in nine out of the 15 Scottish health board regions, participated in seven focus groups to explore their perceptions of the effectiveness of manual handling education. A model was developed that summarized the five key factors they perceived to be major influences, which were: training; culture and the organization; the back care advisers; resources; and evidence-based practice. This model could be used to examine potential inefficiencies in current manual handling education provision.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-232
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2004


  • manual handling
  • education
  • back care advisers


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