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Document ID (ISN)109582
CIS number 09-668
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Thompson A., House R., Manno M.
Title The sensitivity and specificity of thermometry and plethysmography in the assessment of hand-arm vibration syndrome
Bibliographic information Apr. 2008, Vol.58, No.3, p.181-186. 27 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract The objective of this study was to define the specificity and sensitivity of finger thermometry and plethysmography for the assessment of the hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) using the Stockholm workshop scale (SWS) as the reference criterion. A cross-sectional analysis was conducted on 139 HAVS patients seen at an occupational medicine clinic. Plethysmography and thermometry were analyzed using SWS vascular stage as the outcome variable. Logistic regression controlled for age, smoking and time since last vibration exposure and use of vasoactive medications. Findings are discussed. Neither plethysmography nor thermometry, either alone or in combination, demonstrated sufficient sensitivity and specificity to serve as an objective correlate for SWS vascular stage.
Descriptors (primary) plethysmography; hand-arm vibration; description of technique; diagnosis; reliability; skin temperature
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; cross-sectional study; statistical evaluation; temperature measurement; hospitals
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Vibration