The abstract for “Interventions to Reduce Back Pain in Rehabilitation Hospital Nursing Staff” was inadvertently omitted from Rehabilitation Nursing, 31 (4), so as a courtesy to the authors, Nancy Menzel, Scarlett Lilley, and Michael Robinson, we are presenting it now.

Back pain prevalence among direct-care nursing staff is higher than other occupational groups and leads to disability and workers' compensation losses. This two-group repeated measures randomized trial examined the feasibility and effectiveness of potentially synergistic interventions for relieving back pain in 32 nursing staff members in a rehabilitation hospital. The interventions were cognitive-behavioral (stress and pain management training sessions) for one group and ergonomic (use of new patient handling equipment) for both groups. Both groups improved equally in back pain severity over 14 weeks. Scores on the Beck Depression Inventory accounted for half the variance in hours absent from work due to back pain. Back pain severity and depression scores were correlated. A longer study with a larger sample size is needed to assess the longterm effects of these interventions. Rehabilitation facilities should consider workplace back pain interventions that address both physical and psychosocial stressors