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BMC Public Health

, 7:329

First Online: 15 November 2007Received: 14 September 2007Accepted: 15 November 2007DOI: 10.1186-1471-2458-7-329

Cite this article as: Tiemessen, I.J., Hulshof, C.T. & Frings-Dresen, M.H. BMC Public Health 2007 7: 329. doi:10.1186-1471-2458-7-329


BackgroundWhole body vibration WBV exposure at work is common and studies found evidence that this exposure might cause low back pain LBP. A recent review concluded there is a lack of evidence of effective strategies to reduce WBV exposure. Most research in this field is focussed on the technical implications, although changing behaviour towards WBV exposure might be promising as well. Therefore, we developed an intervention programme to reduce WBV exposure in a population of drivers with the emphasis on a change in behaviour of driver and employer. The hypothesis is that an effective reduction in WBV exposure, in time, will lead to a reduction in LBP as WBV exposure is a proxy for an increased risk of LBP.

Methods-DesignThe intervention programme was developed specifically for the drivers of vibrating vehicles and their employers. The intervention programme will be based on the most important determinants of WBV exposure as track conditions, driving speed, quality of the seat, etc. By increasing knowledge and skills towards changing these determinants, the attitude, social influence and self-efficacy ASE of both drivers and employers will be affected having an effect on the level of exposure. We used the well-known ASE model to develop an intervention programme aiming at a change or the intention to change behaviour towards WBV exposure. The developed programme consists of: individual health surveillance, an information brochure, an informative presentation and a report of the performed field measurements.

DiscussionThe study protocol described is advantageous as the intervention program actively tries to change behaviour towards WBV exposure. The near future will show if this intervention program is effective by showing a decrease in WBV exposure.

List of abbreviationsLBPLow back pain

WBVWhole body vibration

VIBRISKSTitle of a multi-centred longitudinal study financed by the European Commission.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1471-2458-7-329 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Ivo JH Tiemessen - Carel TJ Hulshof - Monique HW Frings-Dresen


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