Risk of upper limb complaints due to computer use in older persons: a randomized study

MPJ van Boxtel, K Slegers, J Jolles, JM Ruijgrok

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: We studied whether the twelve-month use of a standard computer would induce complaints of upper limb pain or functional limitations in older novice computer users. METHODS: Participants between 64 and 76 of age were randomly assigned to an Intervention group (n = 62), whose members received a personal computer and fast Internet access at their homes, or a No Intervention control group (n = 61), whose members refrained from computer use during the twelve month study period. RESULTS: Difference scores between baseline and twelve months assessments on both complaint (SFS) and functional health scales (SF-36) did not differ between groups (all p > .05). CONCLUSION: Prolonged, self-paced use of a standard computer interface does not put older persons at a risk of upper limb complaints or reduce functional health in older adults.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21
Number of pages1
JournalBMC Geriatrics
Volume7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes

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