Video gaming and its implications on the epidemiology of office work related upper limb disorders

Yap, Shao-Sean & Paul, Gunther (2016) Video gaming and its implications on the epidemiology of office work related upper limb disorders. In Goossens, Richard H.M. (Ed.) Advances in Social and Occupational Ergonomics. Springer, pp. 201-213.

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Work-related upper limb disorders (WRULD) is noted in instances of excessive video gaming. This research aims to identify the plausibility of video gaming as a confounding factor in WRULD epidemiology. A questionnaire was deployed to 327 participants to measure gaming behaviour and pain on a dichotomous scale. 2x2 Pearson Chi-square cross tabulation was utilised for statistical analysis of all pain-related variables. Analyses indicated that gaming impacts on office-work pain in most circumstances, and must thus be considered a confounder. 66.36% of office-working participants play video games, and this number is expected to increase. 63.3% office-workers indicated ergonomically designed workplaces; 19.8% of video gamers indicated ergonomically designed gaming areas. Finally, 68.2% of video gaming office-workers indicated that they play video games for more than 3 hrs per day, without rest breaks or pauses. Preliminary findings indicate that further research is warranted for purposes of identifying the relationships in more detail.

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ID Code: 95779
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Proceedings of the AHFE 2016 International Conference on Social and Occupational Ergonomics, July 27-31, 2016, Walt Disney World®, Florida, USA
Keywords: Work related upper limb disorder, Video gaming, OHS, Tenosynovitis, Working strain
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-41688-5
ISBN: 9783319416878
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 08 Aug 2016 00:23
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2016 17:53

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