Worksite and personal factors associated with carpal tunnel syndrome in an Egyptian electronics assembly factory

M. F. Abbas, R. H. Faris, Philip I Harber, A. M. Mishriky, H. A. El-Shahaly, Y. H. Waheeb, J. F. Kraus

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

13 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The study objective was to identify personal and work-related risk factors associated with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) in electronics assembly operators relative to clerical workers in the same factory. Of 422 workers in a television assembly factory located in Ismailia, Suez Canal Area, Egypt, 198 (46.9%) participated. The electronics assembly workers were more likely to report CTS (odds ratio = 11.41, 95% CI = 3.6-40.26) than were the clerical workers. The significant risk factors were longer work years (odds ratio = 1.11, 95% CI = 1.03-1.20) and precision-type hand grip (odds ratio = 6.5, 95% CI = 1.08-39.23). The results suggest an association between electronics assembly and CTS. Work years and precision grip are possible risk factors for CTS and should be studied more thoroughly. Tools to reduce the need for precision grip may help reduce CTS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-36
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Volume7
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Workplace
Hand Strength
Odds Ratio
Egypt
Television
Hand

Keywords

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Electronics assembly
  • Prevalence
  • Risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Cite this

Worksite and personal factors associated with carpal tunnel syndrome in an Egyptian electronics assembly factory. / Abbas, M. F.; Faris, R. H.; Harber, Philip I; Mishriky, A. M.; El-Shahaly, H. A.; Waheeb, Y. H.; Kraus, J. F.

In: International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2001, p. 31-36.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abbas, M. F. ; Faris, R. H. ; Harber, Philip I ; Mishriky, A. M. ; El-Shahaly, H. A. ; Waheeb, Y. H. ; Kraus, J. F. / Worksite and personal factors associated with carpal tunnel syndrome in an Egyptian electronics assembly factory. In: International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. 2001 ; Vol. 7, No. 1. pp. 31-36.
@article{a8657f2e83314bf5a1dc2a80a75e164f,
title = "Worksite and personal factors associated with carpal tunnel syndrome in an Egyptian electronics assembly factory",
abstract = "The study objective was to identify personal and work-related risk factors associated with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) in electronics assembly operators relative to clerical workers in the same factory. Of 422 workers in a television assembly factory located in Ismailia, Suez Canal Area, Egypt, 198 (46.9{\%}) participated. The electronics assembly workers were more likely to report CTS (odds ratio = 11.41, 95{\%} CI = 3.6-40.26) than were the clerical workers. The significant risk factors were longer work years (odds ratio = 1.11, 95{\%} CI = 1.03-1.20) and precision-type hand grip (odds ratio = 6.5, 95{\%} CI = 1.08-39.23). The results suggest an association between electronics assembly and CTS. Work years and precision grip are possible risk factors for CTS and should be studied more thoroughly. Tools to reduce the need for precision grip may help reduce CTS.",
keywords = "Carpal tunnel syndrome, Electronics assembly, Prevalence, Risk factors",
author = "Abbas, {M. F.} and Faris, {R. H.} and Harber, {Philip I} and Mishriky, {A. M.} and El-Shahaly, {H. A.} and Waheeb, {Y. H.} and Kraus, {J. F.}",
year = "2001",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "7",
pages = "31--36",
journal = "International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health",
issn = "1077-3525",
publisher = "Maney Publishing",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Worksite and personal factors associated with carpal tunnel syndrome in an Egyptian electronics assembly factory

AU - Abbas, M. F.

AU - Faris, R. H.

AU - Harber, Philip I

AU - Mishriky, A. M.

AU - El-Shahaly, H. A.

AU - Waheeb, Y. H.

AU - Kraus, J. F.

PY - 2001

Y1 - 2001

N2 - The study objective was to identify personal and work-related risk factors associated with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) in electronics assembly operators relative to clerical workers in the same factory. Of 422 workers in a television assembly factory located in Ismailia, Suez Canal Area, Egypt, 198 (46.9%) participated. The electronics assembly workers were more likely to report CTS (odds ratio = 11.41, 95% CI = 3.6-40.26) than were the clerical workers. The significant risk factors were longer work years (odds ratio = 1.11, 95% CI = 1.03-1.20) and precision-type hand grip (odds ratio = 6.5, 95% CI = 1.08-39.23). The results suggest an association between electronics assembly and CTS. Work years and precision grip are possible risk factors for CTS and should be studied more thoroughly. Tools to reduce the need for precision grip may help reduce CTS.

AB - The study objective was to identify personal and work-related risk factors associated with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) in electronics assembly operators relative to clerical workers in the same factory. Of 422 workers in a television assembly factory located in Ismailia, Suez Canal Area, Egypt, 198 (46.9%) participated. The electronics assembly workers were more likely to report CTS (odds ratio = 11.41, 95% CI = 3.6-40.26) than were the clerical workers. The significant risk factors were longer work years (odds ratio = 1.11, 95% CI = 1.03-1.20) and precision-type hand grip (odds ratio = 6.5, 95% CI = 1.08-39.23). The results suggest an association between electronics assembly and CTS. Work years and precision grip are possible risk factors for CTS and should be studied more thoroughly. Tools to reduce the need for precision grip may help reduce CTS.

KW - Carpal tunnel syndrome

KW - Electronics assembly

KW - Prevalence

KW - Risk factors

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0035134834&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0035134834&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

C2 - 11210010

AN - SCOPUS:0035134834

VL - 7

SP - 31

EP - 36

JO - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health

JF - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health

SN - 1077-3525

IS - 1

ER -