Award Date

May 2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Occupational Therapy Doctorate


Brain Health

First Committee Member

Donnamarie Krause

Second Committee Member

Jefferson Kinney

Number of Pages



In the United States, 2.6 million work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) were reported in 2020, which are costly to employers, individuals, and our healthcare system. The most commonly affected workers are entry-level staff, who often do not receive training or education on office ergonomics during their onboarding process. Evidence exists on the benefits of ergonomics for workers, but there is a gap in disseminating information to these individuals. In addition, what is available on the internet can be of low quality, not based on evidence, and written at a higher-than-average reading level.There is a need for easily accessible ergonomic education and training for entry-level administration, and occupational therapy can fill this need. Occupational therapists receive in- depth training on task analysis can be used to perform risk assessments in their work environment while completing work tasks. Occupational therapists also have the skills to provide interventions focusing on prevention, modifying/adapting the task or environment, and creating new opportunities for change. This capstone project aims to develop and provide evidence-based ergonomic education and training modules for entry-level administrative staff to close the gap between available research and easily accessible information.


ergonomics; modules; occupational therapy; office workers; primary health; quality improvement


Occupational Therapy

File Format


Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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