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Presented by Hashem Abu Tariah, Nasser Ghasham, Mohammad Alolayan, Bandar Alahmadi, Abdullah Alqarni from the Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences of the King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS), in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Engagement in religious and spiritual activities and expression are important to many people. Praying in a mosque is a major component of basic worship for Muslims. Riyadh has a population of more than six million people and more than 17 thousand mosques. The purpose of this study was to explore wheelchair accessibility of mosques in Riyadh from the perspective of wheelchair users and their caregivers. A survey was conducted to explore the opinions of wheelchair users and their caregivers regarding wheelchair accessibility of frequently used mosques.

Wheelchair accessibility of mosques in Riyadh
Abu Tariah, Hashem | Ghasham, Nasser | Alolayan, Mohammad | Alahmadi, Bandar | Alqarni, Abdullah
Work, vol. 60, no. 3, pp. 385-391, 2018


Presented by Allison Mula, with an on-line Post-professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Sargent College at Boston University.

There has been a recent trend in the integration of sit-stand option desks in the work place. Fear-based advertising insinuating that sitting is the health equivalent of smoking has pervaded many work environments. As workers want to remain healthy and pain free, and employers want and need a healthy workforce, it appears that there is a pervasive trend of avoiding sitting as often as possible. Because work tasks that call for an extensive amount of sitting are often times computer-based, this ‘standing is healthy’ fad is most notably presenting itself at computer-based work stations. The understandably perceived simple fix to the dilemma of sitting, has been the introduction of the sit-stand desk. However, before we all throw out our chairs, it is important to discuss the past and recent research that indicates that prolonged standing can also have detrimental effects on the human system.

Ergonomics and the standing desk
Allison Mula
Work, vol. 60, no. 2, pp. 171-174, 2018


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