Condition category
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Date applied
08/07/2011
Date assigned
04/08/2011
Last edited
19/04/2017
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
Physiotherapists should not only focus on treatment of disease, but also develop interventions and measures with regard to health promotion and prevention. Health promotion and prevention at school is already a well investigated area. The focus is generally on pupils’ health, but the health of teachers should also be an important aim. A study found that the health of teachers in Austrian schools was poor, and the most common complaints were low back pain, fatigue, exhaustion and neck/shoulder pain. 50.8 % of the teachers reported that they occasionally suffer from at least one of the mentioned complaints. Therefore posture and movement management programs seem to be a promising approach in health promotion and prevention programs for teachers. The aim of this study is to improve health-related quality of life and work-related behavior of teachers in schools in Austria by means of health promoting and preventive physiotherapy.

Who can participate?
Teachers aged between 20 and 63 at compulsory schools in Austria

What does the study involve?
Participating schools are randomly allocated to either the intervention group or the control group. The intervention group schools carry out a physiotherapy program over one academic semester (6 months), where teachers receive six 30-minute sessions of posture and movement training. The control group schools are offered a physiotherapy program after the study is finished. Health-related quality of life and work-related behavior patterns are measured at the beginning and the end of the semester.

When is study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
As this study focuses on health promotion and preventive physiotherapy no risks for participants are expected.

Who is funding the study?
1. Institute for Health Sciences, University of Applied Sciences of St. Pölten (Austria)
2. Local Government of St. Pölten (Austria)

Who is the main contact?
Prof. Astrid Figl-Hertlein
Astrid.Figl@fhstp.ac.at

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Prof Astrid Figl-Hertlein

ORCID ID

Contact details

Matthias-Corvinus-Straße 15
St. Pölten
3100
Austria
+43 (0)676 847 228 581
Astrid.Figl@fhstp.ac.at

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

N/A

Study information

Scientific title

Effect of a health promoting posture and movement management at work on teachers' health-related quality of life and work related behavior: a randomized controlled study

Acronym

Study hypothesis

The overall aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of a six-month health-promotion and preventive physiotherapy program (Posture and Movement Management) in the manner of an institutional and regulatory action in school for teachers on quality of live and work related behavior patterns.

Specific research questions are:
1. Health promoting posture and movement management at work in the manner of an institutional and regulatory action in school influences the health-related quality of life (QOL) of school teachers in Austria.
2. Health promoting posture and movement management at work in the manner of an institutional and regulatory action in school influences the work related behavior of school teachers in Austria.

Ethics approval

Ethics Committee of the Federal Government of Lower Austria, ref: GS4-EK-4/106-2010

Study design

Cluster randomized controlled study

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Cluster randomised trial

Trial setting

Schools

Trial type

Prevention

Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use the contact details to request a patient information sheet

Condition

Musculoskeletal disorders (low back pain, fatigue, exhaustion and neck/shoulder pain)
Study domain: Health promotion and prevention

Intervention

The health promoting posture and movement management for the intervention groups was a institutional and regulatory action at the working place (in this case at the schools). This institutional and regulatory action can be seen as a structural school-intern support of a health professional at work and therefore as a change of working conditions. A physiotherapist was responsible for all IG-schools over the period of one academic semester and therefore for the duration of this study. Teachers of the IG had the opportunity of receiving six times of comprehensive preventive posture and movement management for 30 minutes each session. This program included posture and movement training, counselling of coping strategies and ergonomics, exercises and body perception- and body experience-training. The program did not aim at any intervention in rehabilitation and therapy. Goal of this program was to offer strategies for healthy and ergonomic posture and movement during work. Further participants should be educated to use those strategies in their own way and life. This goal is in strong accordance to salutogeneses-model defined by Aaron Antonovsky and WHO health-policies, and therefore aims at strengthening personal capabilities for resisting stress.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

1. Health-related quality of life (SF-36 questionnaire)
2. Work related behavior patterns (AVEM questionnaire)
The results will be measured at baseline (before intervention, the beginning of the semester) and after 6 months (end of the semester)

Secondary outcome measures

1. Maslach Burnout Inventory (short form)
2. HBSC Symptom Checklist
3. IPAQ (International physical activity questionnaire)

Overall trial start date

01/12/2008

Overall trial end date

31/01/2012

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

Adult teachers from compulsory schools in Austria of both sexes, aged between 20 and 63 years who were able to work

Participant type

Other

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

68

Participant exclusion criteria

Eligibility was not given when participants had chronic or acute psycho-neuro-motor disease, disabilities, fractures or when ability to work was not given

Recruitment start date

01/12/2008

Recruitment end date

31/01/2012

Locations

Countries of recruitment

Austria

Trial participating centre

Matthias-Corvinus-Straße 15
St. Pölten
3100
Austria

Sponsor information

Organisation

Magistrat St. Pölten and Institute of Health Sciences (Austria)

Sponsor details

Matthias-Corvinus-Straße 15
St. Pölten
3100
Austria

Sponsor type

Government

Website

http://www.fhstp.ac.at

Funders

Funder type

University/education

Funder name

Institute for Health Sciences, University of Applied Sciences of St. Pölten, Austria

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Funder name

Local Government of St. Pölten, Austria

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

2014 results in: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23835185

Publication citations

  1. Results

    Figl-Hertlein A, Horsak B, Dean E, Schöny W, Stamm T, A physiotherapy-directed occupational health programme for Austrian school teachers: a cluster randomised pilot study., Physiotherapy, 2014, 100, 1, 20-26, doi: 10.1016/j.physio.2013.03.003.

Additional files

Editorial Notes

19/04/2017: Plain English summary added.