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Association between objective and subjective measurements of comfort and discomfort in hand tools.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17010301     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
In the current study, the relationship between objective measurements and subjective experienced comfort and discomfort in using handsaws was examined. Twelve carpenters evaluated five different handsaws. Objective measures of contact pressure (average pressure, pressure area and pressure-time (P-t) integral) in static and dynamic conditions, muscle activity (electromyography) of five muscles of the upper extremity, and productivity were obtained during a sawing task. Subjective comfort and discomfort were assessed using the comfort questionnaire for hand tools and a scale for local perceived discomfort (LPD). We did not find any relationship between muscle activity and comfort or discomfort. The P-t integral during the static measurement (beta=-0.24, p<0.01) was the best predictor of comfort and the pressure area during static measurement was the best predictor of LPD (beta=0.45, p<0.01). Additionally, productivity was highly correlated to comfort (beta=0.31, p<0.01) and discomfort (beta=-0.49, p<0.01).
Authors:
L F M Kuijt-Evers; T Bosch; M A Huysmans; M P de Looze; P Vink
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2006-09-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Applied ergonomics     Volume:  38     ISSN:  0003-6870     ISO Abbreviation:  Appl Ergon     Publication Date:  2007 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-06-05     Completed Date:  2007-09-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0261412     Medline TA:  Appl Ergon     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  643-54     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
TNO Quality of Life, Hoofddorp, The Netherlands. Lottie.Kuijt@tno.nl
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Consumer Satisfaction
Equipment Design
Hand / physiology*
Hand Strength / physiology*
Human Engineering*
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Netherlands / epidemiology
Occupational Health*
Pain / epidemiology*
Questionnaires
Task Performance and Analysis

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