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Experiences and consequences for women with hand-arm vibration

Hörnqwist Bylund, Sonya, (författare)
Umeå universitet, Yrkes- och miljömedicin
Ahlgren, Christina, (författare)
Umeå universitet, Sjukgymnastik, Umeå universitet, Yrkes- och miljömedicin
Ingår i: Work : A journal of Prevention, Assessment and rehabilitation. - 1051-9815 .- 1875-9270. ; 35:4, s. 431-439
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  • <p>Vibrating machines are used in a variety of occupations. Exposure to hand-arm vibration can cause vascular, neurological, and muscular symptoms in the hands and arms. This qualitative study provides a deeper understanding of the consequences of vibration injuries in women. In depth interviews were conducted with eight women with vibration injuries. The women were metal and wood product assemblers and dental personnel. The transcribed interviews were analyzed in accordance with the grounded theory method.</p><p>The core category in the findings was "{another life}". This was constructed by the categories "consequences for everyday activities", "work performance", "household duties", "leisure", and "self perception" and shows that the injury had affected most parts of the women's lives and decreased their quality of life. The importance of well-functioning hands in all activities was highlighted. Reduced hand function due to numbness, muscle weakness, and pain caused restricted abilities to perform activities at work, at home, and during leisure time. The women described impact on their self-perception, as the injury had affected them in their roles as a worker, mother, and woman. The findings indicate that a vibration injury is a multidimensional problem that can affect every aspect of an individual's life. Health care providers should be aware of these complex consequences.</p>


MEDICIN OCH HÄLSOVETENSKAP  -- Hälsovetenskaper -- Miljömedicin och yrkesmedicin (hsv//swe)
MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES  -- Health Sciences -- Environmental Health and Occupational Health (hsv//eng)


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