Comparative assessment of study groups of elderly female computer users from four European countries: Questionnaires used in the NEW-study

L. Sandsjö, P. Larsman, Miriam Marie Rosé Vollenbroek-Hutten, T. Läubli, B. Juul-Kristensen, A. Klipstein, Hermanus J. Hermens, K. Sogaard

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    There is a lack of consistent and comprehensive questionnaire forms for the studies of factors associated with work-related musculoskeletal disorders at the European level. One of the results of the EU-funded project, neuromuscular assessment in the elderly worker (NEW), is a set of questionnaires for the screening of musculoskeletal status and the studies of factors that are believed to affect musculoskeletal health. The questionnaires have been used among elderly women (45+) in different occupations and organisations in Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. The aim of this short communication is to present the questionnaires used in the NEW study and to evaluate the appropriateness of pooling data gathered in each participating country into a common database. It is concluded that although differences exist among the study samples, these are not of such a magnitude or pattern that data from the four groups cannot be pooled. The questionnaires are available in Danish, Dutch, English, German and Swedish
    Original languageUndefined
    Article number10.1007/s00421-005-0041-4
    Pages (from-to)122-126
    Number of pages5
    JournalEuropean journal of applied physiology
    Issue number06CH37725/2
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006


    • BSS-Biomechatronics and rehabilitation technology
    • METIS-237732
    • IR-63771
    • EWI-8450

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