Dr Sharman has commenced a comprehensive Literature Review entitled:
“UPPER LIMB OVERUSE & PAIN SYNDROMES IN THE CONTEXT OF COMPUTER WORK”
The review will focus on the cause and relationship of these disorders to computer usage with emphasis on the prognosis and potential for progression of computer-related pain disorders to chronic pain disorders.
There has been polarisation of opinion about these disorders and their causation that has continued since the time of the so-called “RSI Epidemic” of the 1980’s. Legal decisions in relation to causation have been heavily influenced by judicial conclusions about the credibility of the medical experts that have given evidence (on a case by case basis), rather than based on a direct expert analysis of the literature itself. This has lead to inconsistent rulings about eligibility for compensation.
As an experienced occupational physician familiar with these disorders and with the issues that arise in a legal setting, Dr Sharman aims to objectively analyse the literature, with emphasis on studies in the peer-reviewed literature, to determine the strength of evidence relating to causation of neck and upper-limb pain in the context of computer work. The review will include a summary of the evidence available in the 1980’s and early 1990’s and review the evidence that has emerged over the last 20 years in the fields of epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders, ergonomics, clinical physiotherapy and medicine along with developments in the understanding of the mechanisms and determinants of chronic pain.
There are two phases to the review:
PHASE ONE (Completed by 31 August): A review of literature and preparation of a report summarising the significant literature and determining what conclusions can be drawn in relation to questions posed above
PHASE TWO (Completed by 31 December 2018): A period of professional feedback to the Phase One Report with a view to preparation of a paper for publication in a peer-reviewed medical journal
Hobart Occupational Medicine has gained significant financial support for Phase One and is now seeking additional funding from interested individuals or organisations to ensure that Phase One can be completed and Phase Two commenced.
We are looking for organisations willing to donate amounts of $1,000 or more or individual donations of $100 or more to enable both phases of this important project to be completed.
Any interested individual or organisation is invited to contact Dr Sharman on 0419881519 or email firstname.lastname@example.org