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Editorial
December 6, 2000

Back Belts in the Workplace

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

JAMA. 2000;284(21):2780-2781. doi:10.1001/jama.284.21.2780

In this issue of THE JOURNAL, Wassell and colleagues1 present the results of a prospective cohort study evaluating the potential benefits to workers who wear back belts when handling materials. They discern none. Not only of interest to workplace, health, and safety policymaker, the article offers lessons to those interested in regional backache. The science is noteworthy as is the social construct it serves. When regional backache thwarts physical performance, should the task(s) be viewed as hazardous and the worker injured?

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