|Document ID (ISN)||110969|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
|Convention or series no.
||Sauni R., Virtema P., Päkkönen R., Toppila E., Pyykkö I., Uitti J.
||Quality of life (EQ-5D) and hand-arm vibration syndrome
||Feb. 2010, Vol.83, No.2, p.209-216. 23 ref.
||The aim of this study was to investigate the quality of life of a population of Finnish metalworkers who were exposed to hand-arm vibration (HAV) and who suffered from white fingers, tingling or numbness of the fingers, musculoskeletal disorders of the upper extremities or symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). A questionnaire on vibration exposure in the workplace and symptoms relating to the upper extremities was sent to a sample of 530 members of the local Metalworkers Union. Among those reporting vibration-induced white fingers (VWF), numbness or tingling of the fingers, or symptoms of CTS, 131 men participated in clinical examinations. Their cumulative lifelong exposure to HAV was evaluated, and the health-related quality of life was assessed using EuroQoL(EQ)-5D. There was an inverse relationship between the EQ-5D index score and cumulative exposure to HAV: as exposure to HAV increased, the quality of life became more impaired. The results of the study suggest that symptoms related to HAV exposure significantly diminish the quality of life.
||hand-arm vibration; state of health; carpal-tunnel syndrome; Raynaud's phenomenon; upper extremity disorders; metalworking industry
||Finland; anxiety; exposure evaluation; subjective assessment; questionnaire survey
||D - Periodical articles
||Noise, hearing and vibration
|Broad subject area(s)