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Thermal perception thresholds among workers in a cold climate
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Umeå University, Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University. (Arcum)
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Umeå University, Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University. (Arcum)
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Umeå University, Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University. (Arcum)
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Umeå University, Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University. (Arcum)
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2017 (English)In: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, ISSN 0340-0131, E-ISSN 1432-1246, Vol. 90, no 7, p. 645-652Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

PURPOSE: To investigate whether exposure to cold could influence the thermal perception thresholds in a working population.

METHODS: This cross-sectional study was comprised of 251 males and females and was carried out at two mines in the northern part of Norway and Sweden. The testing included a baseline questionnaire, a clinical examination and measurements of thermal perception thresholds, on both hands, the index (Digit 2) and little (Digit 5) fingers, for heat and cold.

RESULTS: The thermal perception thresholds were affected by age, gender and test site. The thresholds were impaired by experiences of frostbite in the fingers and the use of medication that potentially could affect neurosensory functions. No differences were found between the calculated normative values for these workers and those in other comparative investigations conducted in warmer climates.

CONCLUSIONS: The study provided no support for the hypothesis that living and working in cold climate will lead to impaired thermal perception thresholds. Exposure to cold that had caused localized damage in the form of frostbite was shown to lead to impaired thermal perception.

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Springer, 2017. Vol. 90, no 7, p. 645-652
Keywords [en]
Cold temperature, Mine work, Neurosensory function, Normative values, Sensory threshold
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Occupational Health and Environmental Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-135013DOI: 10.1007/s00420-017-1227-xISI: 000409295700009PubMedID: 28497276OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-135013DiVA, id: diva2:1095801
Available from: 2017-05-16 Created: 2017-05-16 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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