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University of Southern California
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USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Research

Documenting Progression of Acute to Chronic Musculoskeletal Injuries: A National Survey of Ultrasound Users

Co-Principal Investigator: Shawn Roll

Project Period: September 1, 2022 – August 30, 2023
Funding Source: CDC/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Award Number: 22IPA2216235
Anticipated Award: $50,817

The pervasive issue of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSD) among sonographers was first reported in a professional editorial more than 30 years ago. Despite growing awareness, current evidence is limited to the prevalence and loose associations among risk factors and WRMSD — no longitudinal studies have been completed to examine the progression of WRMSD across time to fully evaluate contributors to improvement or decline in ultrasound user health and well-being. This project has developed a national registry of ultrasound users who will be engaged in an ongoing, longitudinal study that aims to understand the longitudinal progression of acute to chronic work-related musculoskeletal injuries among all users of ultrasound and begin to examine the impact of various work components related to worker health and well-being that have not previously been closely examined.