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At the beginning of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic brought many “new ways of life” to people everywhere. The transition from working in an office to working from home forced many individuals to adapt to a new normal. This capstone research study used qualitative case study methodology to provide a detailed look into the challenges and adaptive process of three employees working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. This capstone study describes the lived experiences of individuals working from home and how they adapted in response to the onset of upper extremity musculoskeletal symptoms. Using the Theory of Occupational Adaptation, the researcher provides insight into the participants’ experiences, occupational challenges, level of dysfunction, and how they adapted, including physical, ergonomic, and psychosocial factors.

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University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

Medical Subject Headings

COVID-19, Upper Extremity, Ergonomics, Qualitative Research, Occupational Therapy


Occupational Therapy


Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences April 12-14, 2022.

Exploring the Experiences and Adaptation Strategies of People Who Develop Work-Related Musculoskeletal Symptoms After Working from Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic