P. Paul F. M. Kuijer

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OBJECTIVES Functional Capacity Evaluation methods (FCE) claim to measure the functional physical ability of a person to perform work-related tasks. The purpose of the present study was to systematically review the literature on the reliability and validity of four FCEs: the Blankenship system (BS), the ERGOS work simulator (EWS), the Ergo-Kit (EK) and the(More)
Job rotation is often advocated to reduce workload, but its efficacy has seldom been investigated. The aim of this study is to compare the work demands, workload, and recovery among truck driving, refuse collecting, and rotating between these two jobs, between days and during the day. Three teams of 3 employees each participated in this study. Work demands(More)
1874 www.thelancet.com Vol 379 May 19, 2012 goals of individuals and communities to achieve optimum quality and quantity of life. There is increasing evidence that such a health system should be based on strong primary health care, that uses an eff ective community-oriented primary care model, addressing ways to reduce the causes of NCDs and tackling social(More)
The objective of this study was to quantify the mechanical load on the low back and shoulders during pushing and pulling in combination with three task constraints: the use of one or two hands, three cart weights, and two handle heights. The second objective was to explore the relation between the initial and sustained exerted forces and the mechanical load(More)
PURPOSE To describe what aspects, categorized according to the ICF model, insurance physicians (IPs) take into account in assessing short- and long-term work-ability. METHOD An interview study on a random sample of 60 IPs of the Dutch National Institute for Employee Benefit Schemes, stratified by region and years of experience. RESULTS In determining(More)
BACKGROUND Training and assistive devices are considered major interventions to prevent back pain among workers exposed to manual material handling (MMH). OBJECTIVES To determine the effectiveness of MMH advice and training and the provision of assistive devices in preventing and treating back pain. SEARCH STRATEGY We searched MEDLINE to November 2005,(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess interrater reliability and agreement of 5 Ergo-Kit functional capacity evaluation lifting tests in subjects with low back pain (LBP). DESIGN Within-subjects design, with 2 repeated measurements. SETTING Academic medical center in The Netherlands. PARTICIPANTS Twenty-four subjects (10 men, 14 women) with LBP. INTERVENTIONS Not(More)
OBJECTIVE Assessments of whether patients with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) can participate in work mainly consist of case history, physical examinations, and self-reports. Performance-based measures might add value in these assessments. This study answers the question: how well do performance-based measures predict work participation in patients with(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine whether advice and training on working techniques and lifting equipment prevent back pain in jobs that involve heavy lifting. DATA SOURCES Medline, Embase, CENTRAL, Cochrane Back Group's specialised register, CINAHL, Nioshtic, CISdoc, Science Citation Index, and PsychLIT were searched up to September-November 2005. REVIEW METHODS(More)
The effect of job rotation on the physical workload was investigated for male employees working at a refuse collecting department. Before the introduction of job rotation, an employee worked as a street sweeper, as a refuse collector or as a driver. After the introduction of job rotation, every employee was allowed to alternate between two of the three(More)