Study design

This multi-stage project involves several discrete elements and phases. These will be conducted in a manner that ensures the highest possible level of scientific quality while still addressing the major issues at hand.

Over the five year course of the project, we will:

  1. Conduct an audit of all orchestras’ databases with respect to time lost from work for any reason, workers’ compensation claims, type and cause of injury, instrument type and demographic characteristics of the injured musicians.
  2. Undertake a detailed health assessment of all orchestral musicians in the eight orchestras. Data will be used to plan prevention and interventions, and provide a baseline against which later measurements can be compared.
  3. Develop and trial an injury surveillance system, collect prospective information on injury occurrences, exposures preceding the injury and the outcome of the injury. The participating cohort of musicians will be re-assessed two years later, providing the first comprehensive prospective study of injury experience of orchestral musicians. This will assist identification of problem areas and planning OHS approaches.
  4. Trial a range of global and targeted interventions to assess effectiveness for injury prevention/ management and to provide a model for how such assessments can be undertaken with orchestral musicians in situ.
  5. Provide assistance to orchestra managers with the development of OHS approaches, protocols and policy based on information collected over the life of the project.