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Golchin M, Attarchi M, Mirzamohammadi E, Ghaffari M, Mohammadi S. Assessment of the relationship between Quality of Life and Upper Extremity Impairment Due to Occupational Injuries. Med J Islam Repub Iran. 2014; 28 (1) :90-96
URL: http://mjiri.iums.ac.ir/article-1-2273-en.html
Occupational Medicine Department, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. , mahdie.golchin2000@gmail.com
Abstract:   (3275 Views)

 Background: Severe upper extremity injuries can affect the quality of life in patients and cause multi-factorial and long-term costs of disease. The aim of this study was to assess quality of life in patients with upper extremity injuries caused by work-related accidents.

 Methods: In this study cross-sectional method was used in patients referred to the Occupational medicine Clinic of Rasoul Akram Hospital to determine their impairments. Patient's information including demographic variables, calculation of the impairment rate based on AMA Guide book (in terms of WPI), returning to work, and location of injury, work experience and type of injury. Then the quality of their life was assessed and interpreted using SF36 questionnaire.

 Results: 203 patients were evaluated. Different aspects of the patients’ life were not associated with age, gender and education of patients based on The SF-36 questionnaire. There was an inverse relationship between the percentage of patients’ impairment and different aspects of life quality there were also a significance correlation between impairment rate and physical performance of patients (p<0.001, r= -0.26), social performance of patients (p= 0.001, r= -0.24), pain (p= 0.005, r= -0.2), emotional health of patients (p= 0.006, r= -0.29), energy / fatigue in patients (p<0.001, r= -0.29) and the patient's general health (p<0.001, r= -0.27).

 Conclusion: This study shows that upper extremity impairment due to occupational injuries has an inverse and significant association with various aspects of quality of life.

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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Occupational Medicine

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