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Effects of Rapid Transition to Remote Work on Musculoskeletal Symptoms

Contributed by Karen Lomond on 06/17/20 

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Recruiting participants for a survey study on the effects of the a recent transition to remote working/working from home on sitting behaviors, physical activity levels and risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders of the neck and back. Inclusion: 18 years of age or older, working at least 20 hours per week, and recently transitions to remote work at home due to the pandemic.

Researchers at Ithaca College and Old Dominion University are conducting a study on the effects of a recent transition to remote working/working from home on sitting behaviors, physical activity levels and risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders of the neck and back. We are looking for people aged 18 or older, who work a minimum of 20 hours per week, and have recently (in the last 6-8 weeks) transitioned to working remotely from home due to COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The study involves completing a survey packet with 9 short surveys that takes a total of about 45 minutes. The surveys will assess things like sitting behavior at work and during leisure activities, physical activity levels, workstation set-up, history of pain and feelings of anxiety and/or depression. You may skip any questions that you are uncomfortable answering.  There are very few risks for this study, primarily associated with assessing your feelings of anxiety and depression. But these are similar to the risk associated with reflection on your emotions in regular daily life. 

 

To participate in the survey please click the following link: https://tinyurl.com/ybcoydy2

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Karen Lomond

Assistant Professor, Ithaca College

CHS 415

klomond@ithaca.edu

 

Or 

 

Rumit Singh Kakar

Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University

rkakar@odu.edu

 

IRB#:194

 

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