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A case study detailing key considerations for implementing a telehealth approach to office ergonomics.

A case study detailing key considerations for implementing a telehealth approach to office ergonomics.

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A case study detailing key considerations for implementing a telehealth approach to office ergonomics.

Work. 2017;57(4):469-473

Authors: Ritchie CLW, Miller LL, Antle DM

Abstract
Telehealth approaches to delivering ergonomics assessment hold great potential to improve service delivery in rural and remote settings. This case study describes a telehealth-based ergonomics service delivery process, and compares in-person and telehealth-based ergonomics approaches at an Alberta-based non-profit advocacy group. This project demonstrates that telehealth approaches to ergonomics do not lead to significantly different scoring outcomes for assessment of ergonomics issues, when compared to in-person assessments. This project also outlines the importance of live real-time video conferencing to improving communication, attaining key assessment information, and demonstrating ergonomic adjustments. However, some key considerations of bandwidth and hardware capabilities need to be taken into account. Key communication strategies are outlined to improve rapport, maintain employee confidentiality, and reduce client anxiety around telehealth ergonomics assessments. This project provides further support for telehealth approaches to office ergonomics, and outlines some key implementation strategies and barriers that should be considered.

PMID: 28777764 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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