Measurement Properties of a Self-Report Index of Ergonomic Exposures for Use in an Office Work Environment

@article{Dane2002MeasurementPO,
  title={Measurement Properties of a Self-Report Index of Ergonomic Exposures for Use in an Office Work Environment},
  author={Dan H. Dane and Michael Feuerstein and Grant D. Huang and Lennart Dimberg and Danielle Ali and Andrew E. Lincoln},
  journal={Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine},
  year={2002},
  volume={44},
  pages={73-81}
}
Office work-related upper extremity symptoms and disorders have been associated with static work posture, repetition, and inadequate recovery in the anatomic structures of the neck and upper extremities. Despite these associations, relatively little research has been conducted on the development of practical measures of these ergonomic exposures. The present study examines the measurement properties of an upper-extremity–specific self-report index of ergonomic exposures. Ninety-two symptomatic… 

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