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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 2001;25(2):321-329.
The Prevalence and Ergonomic Analysis of Cumulative Trauma Disorders in the Paper Reviewing Workers.
Jang, Ki Un , Park, Sang Wook , Jeong, Kwang Ik , Park, Jong Tae , Kim, Dae Sung , Park, Dong Hyun , Park, Dong Sik
1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.
2Occupational Medicine, Hallym University College of Medicine.
3Department of Industrial Engineering, Inha University.
서류 심사 업무 종사자의 누적손상 질환과 인체공학적 분석
장기언, 박상욱, 정광익, 박종태1, 김대성1, 박동현2, 박동식
한림대학교 의과대학 재활의학교실, 1산업의학교실, 2인하대학교 공과대학 인간공학과

To survey the prevalence of cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) and to analyze the ergonomic factors in the paper reviewing workers.

Five hundreds and twenty subjects of paper reviewers were collected from 'National Medical Insurance Association' who had been exposed to risky working environment regarding CTDs. The subjects were first screened by occupational medicine specialists and confirmed by physiatrist. The subjects were also examined by serologic test, radiologic imaging, and electrodiagnostic study. Ergonomists analyzed the job element to identify the risk factors by baseline checklist of CTDs.

Among the workers, 51 (9.8%) of 520 were confirmed to CTDs, the prevalance of myofascial pain syndrome was 22 (43.1%), that of medial epicondylitis was 13 (25.5)%, lateral epicondylitis 8 (15.7%) and others. Pain scale of National Industrial Occupational Safety Health Institute symtoms criteria was highest in the shoulder girdle and the next was in the neck, in the wirst and fingers. The ergonomic risk score was highest 2.56 in the 'verifying' job, and the next 2.20 in 'the 2nd examination' job and 'the 1st examination' job, 1.72 in 'correcting' job.

The result would be helpful for the prevention and management of CTDs in the paper reviewing workers.

Key Words: Cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs), Paper reviewer, Myofascial pain syndrome, Epicondylitis, Ergonomics


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