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Research Article  |   September 1990
The Effects of Education on Hand Use With Industrial Workers in Repetitive Jobs
Author Affiliations
  • Howard L. Dortch III, MS, OTR, is an Occupational Therapist at the Asheville Hand Center, PA, 34 Granby Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801. At the time of this study, he was a student in the master’s degree program, Department of Occupational Therapy, Sargent College of Allied Health Professions, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Catherine A. Trombly, MA, OTR, FAOTA, is Professor of Occupational Therapy, Department of Occupational Therapy, Sargent College of Allied Health Professions, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
Article Information
Hand and Upper Extremity / Work and Industry / Research
Research Article   |   September 1990
The Effects of Education on Hand Use With Industrial Workers in Repetitive Jobs
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September 1990, Vol. 44, 777-782. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.9.777
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September 1990, Vol. 44, 777-782. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.9.777
Abstract

Eighteen subjects participated in a preliminary study to determine the effects of two types of educational programs on the hand-use patterns of industrial workers at risk for developing cumulative trauma disorder (CTD). The subjects were divided into three groups: Two groups received different educational programs and the third group served as the control. One program used a handout as the only educational tool: the other used the handout as well as a hands-on demonstration of the concepts in the handout. Pretests and posttests of the frequency of movements identified with CTD of the hand and wrist during work were administered to all subjects. Both educational programs were significantly effective in reducing the number of at-risk movements performed by workers tested 1 week after receiving the education. No significant difference was found between the two educational programs. The results of this study show that education can affect hand-use patterns, and a similar study on a larger sample is recommended.