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Document ID (ISN)103358
CIS number 04-367
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Punnett L., Gold J., Katz J.N., Gore R., Wegman D.H.
Title Ergonomic stressors and upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders in automobile manufacturing: A one year follow up study
Bibliographic information Aug. 2004, Vol.61, No.8, p.668-674. Illus. 38 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to estimate the one-year cumulative incidence and persistence of upper extremity (UE) soft tissue disorders in a cohort of 820 automotive industry manufacturing workers, and to quantify their associations with ergonomic risk factors. Cases of UE musculoskeletal disorders were determined by interviewer-administered questionnaire and standardized physical examination of the upper extremities. Among subjects without symptoms at baseline, the cumulative incidence of UE disorders was 14% by symptoms and 12% by symptoms plus examination findings. These rates increased with index of physical exposures primarily among subjects who had the same jobs at follow up as at baseline. Increased exposure during follow up increased the risk of incidence. The persistence of UE disorders from baseline to follow-up examination was nearly 60% and associated with baseline exposure index.
Descriptors (primary) ergonomics; upper extremity disorders; risk factors; motor vehicle industry
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; symptoms; musculoskeletal diseases; frequency rates; long-term study; medical examinations; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Motor vehicle manufacturing industry
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system