Barbara Silverstein

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OBJECTIVE The aims of this research were (a) to study the interrater reliability of a posture observation method, (b) to test the impact of different posture categorization systems on interrater reliability, and (c) to provide guidelines for improving interrater reliability. BACKGROUND Estimation of posture through observation is challenging. Previous(More)
The purpose of this study was to identify factors associated with reductions observed in musculoskeletal symptoms when office workers were moved to a new building. A questionnaire including items regarding symptoms and aspects of the work environment was administered to 577 office workers before and after they were moved from nine buildings to a single new(More)
The aims of the present study were: (1) to collect normative data of pinch and power grip strength with a newer digital dynamometer; (2) to study the ability of hand grip force matching using a hand dynamometer where the validity and reliability issues were studied; and (3) to study the relationship between hand grip force matching and muscle activities of(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to identify high-risk industry groups for effective allocation of occupational safety and health prevention and research resources. METHODS We used all compensable Washington state workers' compensation claims to rank North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industry groups by a "prevention index"(More)
BACKGROUND Hand symptom diagrams (HSDs) for rating the distribution of paraesthesias are proposed for use in epidemiological studies of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). AIM To assess the validity of HSDs in a working population of manufacturing and service workers participating in a prospective study of musculoskeletal disorders. METHODS Assessment of each(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this prospective study is to investigate the exposure-response relationships between various workplace physical exposures of force, repetition, and their combination assessed at an individual level with lateral epicondylitis (LE). BACKGROUND Workplace upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders (UEMSDs) are prevalent, disabling,(More)
UNLABELLED Pooling data from different epidemiological studies of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) is necessary to improve statistical power and to more precisely quantify exposure-response relationships for MSDs. The pooling process is difficult and time-consuming, and small methodological differences could lead to different exposure-response(More)
Processing Claims and Claims' Rate by Year by Body Part (>1% of total claims) for SIC and Laura Osborne helped with technical support. Michael Foley assisted with technical aspects of the analysis and the workers' compensation system. the National Institutes for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The contents are solely the responsibility of the(More)
BACKGROUND Six research groups independently conducted prospective studies of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) incidence in 54 US workplaces in 10 US States. Physical exposure variables were collected by all research groups at the individual worker level. Data from these research groups were pooled to increase the exposure spectrum and statistical power. (More)