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A survey of desktop and notebook computer use by professionals.
Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 46th Annual Meeting, September 29 - October 4, 2002, Baltimore, Maryland, Bringing Fundamentals & New Opportunities. Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2002 Sep; 46(Ind Erg):1124-1128
Over the last quarter century, extensive research concerning work-related musculoskeletal discomfort has been conducted in the area of desktop computer (DPC) use, among professionals and clerical workers. Notebook style computers (NPC) are increasing in popularity and use, often replacing DPCs, yet limited information is available on workers' experience with NPCs. Results are presented from a survey that explored work-related use of desktop and notebook computers by professionals (n=335). Associations were found between musculoskeletal discomfort and work patterns and methods, including work-break patterns, notebook configuration, and notebook transportation mode.
Muscular-disorders; Musculoskeletal-system; Computers; Computer-equipment; Work-areas; Work-operations; Ergonomics; Humans
Issue of Publication
Research Tools and Approaches: Exposure Assessment Methods
Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 46th Annual Meeting, September 29 - October 4, 2002, Baltimore, Maryland, Bringing Fundamentals & New Opportunities
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
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