A descriptive study of women injured by hand-arm vibration
2002 (English)In: Annals of Occupational Hygiene, ISSN 0003-4878, Vol. 46, no 3, 299-307 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this study was to describe the symptoms and the prognosis of vibration injuries in women. The investigation was based on a study of 374 women who had reported an injury due to hand-arm vibration to the Social Insurance Office or had received financial compensation from the Swedish Labor Market Insurance scheme during 1988-1997. Information on, for example, self-rated health symptoms and vibration exposure was collected by means of a questionnaire. On average, the first symptoms started after 7 yr of exposure and the first visit to a doctor took place after 11 yr. Neurological symptoms developed after a shorter period of exposure compared to vascular symptoms, 6.8 and 9.2 yr, respectively. The prevalence of numbness at the time of reporting the injury was 91% and the prevalence of white fingers was reported by 54%. The occupational group with the highest prevalence of vibration injuries was dental technicians. Two thirds of the women had stopped using vibrating machines in their work. Among the women who suffered from white fingers when they reported the injury, 50% declared impairment or no improvement of the symptoms. One woman in five was retired and the same number of women had retrained due to the occupational injury.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2002. Vol. 46, no 3, 299-307 p.
hand–arm vibration, white fingers, carpal tunnel syndrome, women, questionnaire
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-4301PubMedID: 12176717OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-4301DiVA: diva2:143328