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Document ID (ISN)110969
CIS number 10-0563
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Sauni R., Virtema P., Päkkönen R., Toppila E., Pyykkö I., Uitti J.
Title Quality of life (EQ-5D) and hand-arm vibration syndrome
Bibliographic information Feb. 2010, Vol.83, No.2, p.209-216. 23 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) hand-arm vibration; state of health; carpal-tunnel syndrome; Raynaud's phenomenon; upper extremity disorders; metalworking industry
Descriptors (secondary) Finland; anxiety; exposure evaluation; subjective assessment; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Noise, hearing and vibration
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Safety programmes