Job-Related Performance and Quality of Life Benefits in First Responders Given Access to H-Wave® Device Stimulation: A Retrospective Cohort Study

Date
2022-10-08
Authors
Williamson, Tyler K.
Rodriguez, Hugo C.
Han, David
Norwood, Stephen M.
Gupta, Ashim
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Current chronic pain treatments primarily target symptoms and are often associated with harmful side-effects and complications, while safer non-invasive electrotherapies like H-Wave® device stimulation (HWDS) have been less explored. The goal of this study is to evaluate first responder-reported effects of HWDS on job-related and quality-of-life measures. This is a retrospective cohort study where first responders were surveyed following voluntary use of HWDS regarding participant experience, frequency of use, job-related performance, and quality-of-life. Responses were analyzed using means comparison tests, while bivariate analysis assessed responses associated with HWDS usage. Overall, 92.9% of first responder HWDS users (26/28) reported a positive experience (p < 0.0001), with 82.1% citing pain reduction (p = 0.0013), while 78.6% indicated it would be beneficial to have future device access (p = 0.0046). Participants using H-Wave® were at least six times more likely to report higher rates of benefit (100% vs. 0%, p = 0.022), including pain reduction (91.3% vs. 8.7%, p = 0.021) and improved range-of-motion (93.3% vs. 69.2%, p = 0.044). Spending more time with family was associated with better job performance following frequent HWDS use (50% vs. 8.3%, p = 0.032). Repetitive first responder H-Wave® use, with minimal side effects and easy utilization, resulted in significant pain reduction, improvements in job performance and range-of-motion, and increased time spent with family, resulting in overall positive experiences and health benefits. Level of Evidence: III.

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H-Wave®, electrotherapy, neurostimulation, first responders, quality of life, job performance, range of motion, pain, chronic pain, pain reduction
Citation
Journal of Personalized Medicine 12 (10): 1674 (2022)
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Management Science and Statistics