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A validation study comparing two self-reported upper extremity symptom surveys with clinical examinations for upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders.
Menendez CC; Amick BC III; Jenkins M; Caroom C; Robertson M; Gerr F; Moore JS; Harris RB; Katz JN
Work 2012 Nov; 43(3):293-302
Objective: Evaluate the validity of two self-report symptoms surveys with two disorder classification protocols. Participants: 100 graduate students at a private school in the Southwest United States. Methods: Study participants completed two self-report upper extremity musculoskeletal symptoms surveys: a nine item 10 cm Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) and a nine item Likert categorical scale anchored from "None" to "Very severe". Clinical examinations were administered using two musculoskeletal disorder classification protocols. Results: For the nine body regions, concordance between the two self-report symptoms scales ranged from 0.49-0.75. Overall there was greater than 80% agreement for the two disorder classification protocols. Using either symptom survey with either disorder classification protocol provided high sensitivities and specificities (Youden's J >= 0.70). Three of possible six symptom survey/classification protocol pairings provided high sensitivities and specificities across all disorder groups. Conclusion: In this graduate student sample, none of the self-report symptom survey-classification protocol pairings was demonstratively more useful than any other pairing for studies of musculoskeletal disorders among computer users.
Work-environment; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Health-surveys; Education; Extremities; Body-mechanics; Body-regions; Clinical-symptoms; Analytical-instruments; Analytical-processes; Surveillance; Medical-examinations; Clinical-tests; Computers; Author Keywords: Computing-related; graduate students; Youden's J; sensitivity; specificity
Cammie Chaumont Menendez, PhD, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1095 Willowdale Rd, MS-1811, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA
Issue of Publication
Public Safety; Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities
WV; TX; MA; IA
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