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Document ID (ISN)66422
CIS number 96-1117
ISSN - Serial title 0014-0139 - Ergonomics
Year 1994
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Hales T.R., Sauter S.L., Peterson M.R., Fine L.J., Putz-Anderson V., Schleifer L.R., Ochs T.T., Bernard B.P.
Title Musculoskeletal disorders among visual display terminal users in a telecommunications company
Bibliographic information Oct. 1994, Vol.37, No.10, Special Issue, p.1603-1621. 79 ref.
Abstract The relationship between workplace factors and work-related upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders (UE disorders) was assessed in a cross-sectional study of 533 telecommunication employees utilizing video display terminals (VDTs). Cases of UE disorders were defined using symptom questionnaires and physical examinations. Data on demographics, individual factors, work organization and practices, and psychosocial aspects of work, were obtained by questionnaire. Associations between workplace factors and UE disorders were assessed by multiple logistic models generated for each of the four UE areas (neck, shoulder, elbow, hand/wrists). One-hundred and eleven (22%) participants met the case definition for UE disorders: probable tendon-related disorders were the most common (15% of participants), and probable nerve entrapment syndromes was found in 4%. The hand/wrist was the area most affected (12% of participants). The results indicate that work-related UE musculoskeletal disorders are relatively common among telecommunication workers who use VDTs and that the psychosocial work environment is related to the occurrence of these disorders.
Descriptors (primary) visual display terminals; conditions of work; upper extremity disorders; telecommunications; keyboard operations
Descriptors (secondary) cross-sectional study; musculoskeletal diseases
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Office work
Visual display terminals (VDTs)
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Communications industry