Learning for life: Musuloskeletal disordersOn 1 Oct 2001 in Musculoskeletal disorders, Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Life Long Learning and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) are theprocesses by which professionals, such as nurses, develop and improve theirpractice. There are many ways to address CPD: formally, through attending courses,study days and workshops; or informally, through private study and reflection.Reading articles in professional journals is a good way of keeping up-to-datewith what is going on in the field of practice, but reflecting and identifyingwhat you have learnt is not always easy. These questions are designed to helpyou to identify what you have learnt from studying the article. They will alsohelp you to clarify what you can apply to practice, what you did not understandand what you need to explore further. 1. In 1999, 8,500 cases of what were reported? a) Work-related upper limb disorders b) Repetitive strain injuries c) Work-related musculoskeletal disorders d) Work-related manual handling disorders 2. How many days sickness absence in the UK in 1995 were attributable tomusculoskeletal disorders? a) 900 b) 9,000 c) 900,000 d) 9 million 3. The COPE study groups had a sickness absence record that was: a) Normal b) Above average c) Below average d) Well below average 4. The aim of the study was to show that on-site treatment would: a) Reduce days lost and accrue savings b) Encourage staff morale and reduce days off c) Accrue real savings and encourage healthier employees d) Prevent people from going off sick 5. How was the sickness absence budget costed? a) On previous costs b) On national figures c) On DSS figures d) On location costs 6. How was the sickness absence budget calculated? Using a: a) National formula b) Generic formula c) Company formula d) Statistical formula 7. What improved as a knock-on effect of the study? a) Time keeping b) Accident rates c) Staff morale d) Health and safety compliance 8. How long does anecdotal evidence suggest one waits for NHS physiotherapy?a) One week b) One month c) Six weeks d) Six months 9. Decreasing staff turnover has lowered the outlay for: a) Recruitment, training and agency cover b) Recruitment, retirement and agency cover c) Retirement, training and agency cover d) Recruitment, training and retirement 10. Increased morale may be an indicator of a) Decreased workload b) Increased job expectations c) Increased stress d) Decreased stress Feedback1.c) explore the website www.statistics.gov.uk if you have not come across itbefore. 2. d) Carry out a literature search and update your knowledge onsickness absence. 3. c); 4. a); 5. a); 6. b); 7. c) Improved staffmorale could be due to the “Hawthorne” effect. Revise your knowledgeof Hawthorne’s work (Handy C, 1992, Understanding Organisations 4th ed, PenguinBooks). 8. a); 9. d) Discuss the article and the study with a colleague.Consider how far you would agree the Hawthorne effect was influential on theresults and how this could be overcome in similar studies.