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Predictors of upper extremity symptoms and functional impairment among workers employed for 6 months in a new job.

Authors
Gardner-BT; Dale-AM; VanDillen-L; Franzblau-A; Evanoff-BA
Source
Am J Ind Med 2008 Dec; 51(12):932-940
NIOSHTIC No.
20034821
Abstract
Background: We sought to identify personal and work-related predictors of upper extremity symptoms and related functional impairment among 1,108 workers employed for 6 months in a new job. Methods: We collected data at baseline and 6-month follow-up using self-administered questionnaires. Multivariate logistic regression models were created for each outcome variable. Predictors included personal risk factors, physical work exposures and psychosocial factors. Results: Independent predictors for upper extremity symptoms at 6-month follow-up were age, Caucasian race, female gender, baseline history of UE symptoms, and job tasks involving wrist bending or forceful gripping. Independent predictors for functional impairment were baseline history and severity of UE symptoms, wrist bending, and social support. Conclusions: Both personal and work-related factors were independent predictors of upper extremity symptoms and functional impairment in this working population.We found different risk factors for symptoms than for functional impairment related to symptoms.
Keywords
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Risk-factors; Psychological-factors; Sociological-factors; Injuries; Questionnaires; Mathematical-models; Age-factors; Men; Women; Work-performance; Repetitive-work; Author Keywords: musculoskeletal disorders; upper extremity; functional outcomes; work disability; psychosocial risk factors
Contact
Bradley A. Evanoff, Washington University, School of Medicine, Division of General Medical Sciences, Campus Box 8005, 660 S. Euclid Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63110
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20081201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
bevanoff@im.wustl.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-008017
Issue of Publication
12
ISSN
0271-3586
Priority Area
Services; Wholesale and Retail Trade
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
MI; MO
Performing Organization
Washington University - St. Louis, Missouri
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