Objective : The purpose of this study was to evaluate to what extent the QuickDASH score has on manufacturing workers in a particular area in terms of managing musculoskeletal disorders among subjects with and without pain. In addition, we intended to see whether there are any differences in QuickDASH scores in terms of pain, whether any part of the score is more closely associated with musculoskeletal disorders, and whether we can distinguish people who know what the score is to a certain extent from those who don’t.
Methods : A QuickDASH survey was conducted on 2,190 manufacturing production workers with upper extremity musculoskeletal symptoms only. To see any differences in the scores, their upper extremity musculoskeletal symptoms were measured using survey results from QuickDASH, an ROC analysis used to measure sensitivity and specificity.
Results : There was a statistically significant difference in the QuickDASH scores of subjects with pain in their neck, shoulder, arm/elbow, and hand/finger between symptomatic and asymptomatic subjects. When a certain body area such as the neck, shoulder, arm/elbow, and hand/finger was not distinguished, in the case of subjects with symptoms in any body area, and the symptom-free subjects did not show any difference depending on the subject type even when the QuickDASH sensitivity and specificity were 77.0% and 63.5%,respectively, the number of critical points was 24.9, and AUC was .776.
Conclusion : This study shows that QuickDASH can be used as an arm function assessment tool for musculoskeletal disorders of the upper extremities.