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Table 1 Characteristics of the study populations

From: Incidence and prevalence of upper-extremity musculoskeletal disorders. A systematic appraisal of the literature

Study Year of data collection Country Study population Number studied Response rate Age (years) Females
Studies reporting point prevalence
Fry
et al. 1987
1985 Australia Music population (7 performing music schools) 1249 - - 55%
McCormack
et al. 1990
- USA Textile workers 1) 2047
2) 895
91%
94%
33.0–38.1
-
75.8%
-
Feldman
et al. 2002
1995 Canada High school students 502 62% 13.8 (0.1) 47.4%
Palmer
et al. 2001
1997–98 Great Britain Non-manual occupations 4889 58% 16–64 53.4%
Picavet
et al. 2003
1998 The Netherlands Open population 3664 46.9% >25 49.6%
Katz
et al. 2000
1998 USA College students 1544 96% - 45.5%
Studies reporting 12-months prevalence
Dimberg
et al. 1989
1983 Sweden Engineering industry 2814 96% >10 13.6%
Bernard
et al. 1994
- USA Newspaper employees 973 93% 39.2 (10.5) 59.3%
Hales
et al. 1994
- USA Tele- communication employees 518 - 37.5 (9.8) -
Polanyi
et al. 1997
1995 Canada Newspaper employees 1007 84% 42 (9.4) 44%
Batevi
et al. 1998
- Italy Kindergarten teachers and traffic policemen 749 - 15–35 (42%)
>35 (58%)
15–35 (55.9%)
>35 (60.1%)
Morse
et al. 2003
1996 USA Connecticut workers 3200 78% Working age -
Studies reporting lifetime prevalence
Stockstill
et al. 1993
1991 USA Dentists 1016 98% - -