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The Relationship between the Work Ability Index with Grip and Pinch Strength in Kitchen Workers
Z Ordudari , E Habibi , Z Sharifian
Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
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Background & objectives: A high percentage of musculoskeletal injuries are usually related to the lack of physical fitness. The most important performance of hand when doing work is grip strength and force in manual works. Work ability is a complex concept that can be assessed using the Work Ability Index (WAI) questionnaire. Because of the importance of making a balance between grip strength and work ability, the authors attempted to evaluate the relationship between grip strength and WAI.
Methods: This cross-sectional study was carried out among 120 kitchen workers. For the measurement of grip strength, pinch strength and WAI, by dynamometer, pinch gage and Iranian version of WAI have respectively been used. Data analysis was carried out by using SPSS 20. It is noteworthy to mention that p<0.05 was considered significant.
Results: in this study, maximum and minimum data for grip, pinch and WAI obtained 55 and 22 kg.f, 14 and 6 kgf, 49 and 27, respectively. Spearman's test showed no significant relationship between the WAI and pinch strength. However, the relationship between WAI and grip strength, was significant and direct (p<0.05).
Conclusion: In workplaces where grip strength is required, workers, weaknesses and their early withdrawal can be prevented by increasing WAI. It would consequently result in the reduction of the related diseases, lead to an increase in efficiency, and thus promote the health of the country's workers.
Keywords: Work Ability Index, Grip Strength, Pinch Strength, Kitchen Workers
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2018/07/14 | Accepted: 2018/07/14 | Published: 2018/07/14
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Ordudari Z, Habibi E, Sharifian Z. The Relationship between the Work Ability Index with Grip and Pinch Strength in Kitchen Workers. j.health. 2018; 9 (3) :347-357
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