The manual handling of people (MHP) is a core activity for care workers in residential aged care, and is known to be associated with high incidence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Promoting patient mobility within the manual handling (MH) interaction is an endorsed MHP risk control intervention strategy that should reduce risk exposure for staff, and may also benefit the patient through increased independence and autonomy. However, while staff MHP intervention outcomes, have been extensively investigated, evidence of the impact on patient outcomes, including mobility, is limited. This project investigated the nature and extent of environment related MHP interventions that may influence patient mobility outcomes through review of the literature, trial of an existing PH assessment tool, and subsequent development of the Pro-Mobility Patient/Person Handling Assessment Tool or Pro-Mob for this specific purpose.
Dr Robyn Coman
Dr Carlo Caponecchia