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The influence of occupational and non-occupational factors on the prevalence of musculoskeletal complaints in users of portable computers.
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PMID:  20828489     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: Portable computers are becoming an increasingly common main work tool; however, they are not properly adapted to the workstation. Musculoskeletal complaints are a very frequent complaint reported by workers who use computers in their work. AIM. The aim of the study was to assess the prevalence and intensity of pain in the musculoskeletal system in workers who regularly use a portable computer in their work and to determine the influence of working conditions and duration of work with a portable computer. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study covered 300 workers. Musculoskeletal complaints were assessed with the Nordic musculoskeletal questionnaire complemented with a visual analogue scale. Working conditions was assessed with a questionnaire developed as part of the study. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: The most prevalent faults in the organization of workstations were lack of a computer desk with an adjustable keyboard tray/drawer, no adjustment of chair armrests and no possibility to use an additional keyboard. The most frequent complaints among computer operators were headaches, low-back pain and neck pain. The use of an additional keyboard reduced the intensity of shoulder pain.
Marzena Malińska; Joanna Bugajska
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of occupational safety and ergonomics : JOSE     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1080-3548     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Occup Saf Ergon     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-10     Completed Date:  2010-11-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9507598     Medline TA:  Int J Occup Saf Ergon     Country:  Poland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  337-43     Citation Subset:  IM    
Central Institute for Labour Protection-National Research Institute (CIOP-PIB), Poland.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Headache / epidemiology,  etiology
Low Back Pain / epidemiology,  etiology
Middle Aged
Musculoskeletal Diseases / epidemiology*,  etiology*
Neck Pain / epidemiology,  etiology
Occupational Diseases / epidemiology*,  etiology*
Pain Measurement
Risk Factors
Statistics, Nonparametric

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