LiftKit for Musculoskeletal Diseases

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Musculoskeletal Diseases+1 More
LiftKit - Other
All Sexes
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Study Summary

The long-term goal of our research program is to reduce the high incidence of musculoskeletal injury associated with person-handling tasks performed by EMS providers/responders (NORA Public Safety Industry Sector). The literature shows the significant burden of these injuries, many of which affect the back and are debilitating. There is a need for effective ergonomic tools that can assist EMS providers in the patient handling tasks encountered in patient homes, particularly those patient handling situations that include restricted or tight spaces. To address this need, our prior work identified a set of potential ergonomic solutions, using a participatory process with EMS providers, for physically challenging and frequently occurring patient handling tasks that occur in patient homes. A final product of this prior work was the development of the LiftKit, which is a collection of seven tools that were shown in biomechanical validation studies with EMS providers to effectively reduce physical demands during simulated patient handling tasks in a laboratory setting. The overall objective of this proposed research-to-practice application is to evaluate the LiftKit's seven patient handling tools (interventions) in the field to assess their usability, usefulness, and desirability, as well as their impact with regards to preventing musculoskeletal injuries incurred during EMS patient handling tasks. In this field study, 30 LiftKits will be placed on EMS vehicles that service urban, suburban, and rural communities. Given the three-shift operation used by fire-service based EMS departments, there is the potential to recruit between 180 and 270 EMS providers for the study. Immediately following the training on how to use the tools and at 4, 8, and 12 months following the training, participants will be interviewed and questioned about each tools' usability, usefulness, and desirability. Frequency of each tool's use will be assessed with a questionnaire at the time of the interview and a daily Run-Use survey tool. Musculoskeletal injury data due to patient handling tasks during the 12 month follow-up period will be compared with injury data from the three-year period prior to study initiation. The final product of this work will provide the important evidence needed to widely promote the adoption of the ergonomic tools within the LiftKit, in order to reduce MSD injury risk to EMS providers associated with common patient handling tasks.

Eligible Conditions

  • Musculoskeletal Diseases

Treatment Effectiveness

Effectiveness Progress

1 of 3

Other trials for Musculoskeletal Diseases

Study Objectives

1 Primary · 1 Secondary · Reporting Duration: 12 months

12 months
Reported Musculoskeletal Injuries
Usability, Usefulness, and Desirability of the tools within the LiftKit

Trial Safety

Safety Progress

1 of 3

Other trials for Musculoskeletal Diseases

Trial Design

1 Treatment Group

LiftKit Intervention
1 of 1
Experimental Treatment

180 Total Participants · 1 Treatment Group

Primary Treatment: LiftKit · No Placebo Group · N/A

LiftKit Intervention
Experimental Group · 1 Intervention: LiftKit · Intervention Types: Other

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: 12 months
Closest Location: The Ohio State University · Columbus, OH
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2011First Recorded Clinical Trial
2 TrialsResearching Musculoskeletal Diseases
340 CompletedClinical Trials

Who is running the clinical trial?

Ohio State UniversityLead Sponsor
692 Previous Clinical Trials
375,410 Total Patients Enrolled
2 Trials studying Musculoskeletal Diseases
220 Patients Enrolled for Musculoskeletal Diseases

Eligibility Criteria

Age 18+ · All Participants · 1 Total Inclusion Criteria

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About The Reviewer

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Michael Gill - B. Sc.

First Published: October 9th, 2021

Last Reviewed: August 12th, 2022

Michael Gill holds a Bachelors of Science in Integrated Science and Mathematics from McMaster University. During his degree he devoted considerable time modeling the pharmacodynamics of promising drug candidates. Since then, he has leveraged this knowledge of the investigational new drug ecosystem to help his father navigate clinical trials for multiple myeloma, an experience which prompted him to co-found Power Life Sciences: a company that helps patients access randomized controlled trials.