Predicting Outcome in Patients with Work-Related Upper Extremity Disorders: A Prospective Study of Medical, Physical, Ergonomic, and Psychosocial Risk Factors
Uniformed Services University Of The Health Sciences Bethesda United States
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Although predictors of work-related upper extremity disorders WRVEDs have been identified, little is known about what predicts clinical outcomes in patients who already have this problem. The present investigation prospectively examined workers with WRUEDs n70 over a 3 month period. A baseline questionnaire was used to assess demographic characteristics, occupational status, medical history, symptoms, physical function, ergonomic risk exposure, work demands, occupational psychosocial factorse.g., job stress, social support e.g., job support, and individual psychosocial factors e.g., general distress, reactivity to pain. Logistic regression analyses were then conducted to predict composite outcome status. The composite outcome measure included symptom severity, functional status, mental health, and lost days from work.