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  An invisible disability: Qualitative research on upper extremity disorders in a university community
 
 
Titel: An invisible disability: Qualitative research on upper extremity disorders in a university community
Auteur: Marissa C. Cort├ęs
Christine Hollis
Benjamin C. Amick, III
Jeffrey N. Katz
Verschenen in: Work
Paginering: Jaargang 18 (2002) nr. 3 pagina's 315-321
Jaar: 2002-07-11
Inhoud: {\it Objectives.} To understand how upper extremity disorders related to computer use affect graduate and undergraduate university students; and, to develop hypotheses for prevention and management of these disorders. {\it Methods.} Focus group discussions concerning upper extremity disorders were conducted among sixteen symptomatic undergraduate and graduate students at a private university in the US. Discussions were tape recorded, transcribed, coded for themes, and analyzed qualitatively. {\it Results.} The findings point to four main themes: 1) the essential role of computers in academic, social, and personal activities; 2) the negative impact of upper extremity disorders on students' physical and emotional well-being, including their career aspirations; 3) students' expectations and perceptions of medical care providers; and 4) recommendations for interventions. {\it Conclusion.} Students with upper extremity disorders experience numerous adverse consequences on a college campus. Effective strategies for prevention, and treatment of upper extremity disorders in young adults in universities are needed. Based on this research, an educational and skills development intervention would appear to be appropriate for preventing disability due to upper extremity disorders.
Uitgever: IOS Press
Bronbestand: Elektronische Wetenschappelijke Tijdschriften
 
 

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