Effects of a community-based participatory educational program on knowledge, attitude, and practice for preventing work-related musculoskeletal disorders risks among rural workers: A quasi-experimental study 10.55131/jphd/2024/220122

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Manuchet Manotham
Nattapon Pansakun
Tuangphorn Phikulthong
Santipan Chiablam

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Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) have become a paramount concern in occupational health, significantly affecting the well-being and efficiency of laborers across diverse sectors. This research aims to investigate the effects of a community-based participatory educational program on enhancing knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) for preventing WMSD risks among rural workers in Phayao province, Thailand. A single-group quasi-experimental design was employed, with assessments conducted at the baseline (T1), post-program (T2), and follow-up post-program (T3) stages. The participants attended an eight-week educational program. Data collection tools included demographic characteristics, assessment of KAP related to WMSDs, and evaluation of WMSD risks. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and repeated-measures analysis of variance. In total, 90 participants were included in the study, with an average age of 47.6 ± 10.6 years. More than two-thirds of the participants were classified as general workers. The results indicated a significant increase in knowledge scores, rising from 6.78 ± 1.59 at baseline to 9.56 ± 0.70 post-program and maintaining at 8.59 ± 1.06 after follow-up (p-value < 0.001, η2 = 0.681). Attitude scores also demonstrated a significant improvement, increasing from 36.43 ± 6.92 to 46.66 ± 1.94 post-program and remaining at 45.97 ± 2.05 after follow-up (p-value < 0.001, η2 = 0.674). Practice scores witnessed a substantial increase from 19.31 ± 6.49 at baseline to 38.54 ± 1.18 post-program, maintaining at 37.79 ± 1.34 after follow-up (p-value < 0.001, η2 = 0.881). Furthermore, the results indicated a notable decrease in WMSD risks post-program intervention, sustained after follow-up. The study suggests that integrating a community-based educational program successfully enhanced participants’ KAP related to WMSD risks. These findings provide valuable insights to the expanding body of evidence, offering pertinent information for policymakers.

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Manotham M, Pansakun N, Phikulthong T, Chiablam S. Effects of a community-based participatory educational program on knowledge, attitude, and practice for preventing work-related musculoskeletal disorders risks among rural workers: A quasi-experimental study: 10.55131/jphd/2024/220122. J Public Hlth Dev [Internet]. 2024 Mar. 8 [cited 2024 Apr. 13];22(1):294-307. Available from: https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/AIHD-MU/article/view/267671
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Manuchet Manotham, Department of Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Phayao, Phayao, Thailand

Department of Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Phayao, Phayao, Thailand

Nattapon Pansakun, Department of Health Promotion, School of Public Health, University of Phayao, Phayao, Thailand

Department of Health Promotion, School of Public Health, University of Phayao, Phayao, Thailand

Tuangphorn Phikulthong, Department of Health Promotion, School of Public Health, University of Phayao, Phayao, Thailand

Department of Health Promotion, School of Public Health, University of Phayao, Phayao, Thailand

Santipan Chiablam, Department of Environmental Health, School of Public Health, University of Phayao, Phayao, Thailand

Department of Environmental Health, School of Public Health, University of Phayao, Phayao, Thailand

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