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Frequent short rest breaks from computer work: effects on productivity and well-being at two field sites.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8995049     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Computer operators at two work sites (n = 73, n = 19) were prompted to take three 30-s and one 3-min break from computer work each hour in addition to conventional rest breaks. Some operators were asked to perform stretching exercises during the short breaks. Mood state and musculoskeletal discomfort were assessed at each work site over a 2- or 3-week baseline period and a 4- or 6-week treatment period, respectively. Operator productivity measures were obtained from company records. Operators complied with about half of the added breaks but favoured 3-min breaks over 30-s breaks. No improvement in productivity or well-being was found at the larger work site. At the smaller work site, productivity, eye, leg and foot comfort all improved when the short breaks included stretching exercises. These results provide evidence that frequent short breaks from continuous computer-mediated work can benefit worker productivity and well-being when the breaks integrate with task demands.
R A Henning; P Jacques; G V Kissel; A B Sullivan; S M Alteras-Webb
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ergonomics     Volume:  40     ISSN:  0014-0139     ISO Abbreviation:  Ergonomics     Publication Date:  1997 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-02-05     Completed Date:  1997-02-05     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0373220     Medline TA:  Ergonomics     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  78-91     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut, Storrs 06269-1020, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Middle Aged
Occupational Health*
Task Performance and Analysis*

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