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Validation of a revised version of the Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire

Project number: F 2457 Institution: Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) / Berufsgenossenschaft für Gesundheitsdienst und Wohlfahrtspflege (BGW) Status: Ongoing Project Planned end: 2021-09-30


The standardized recording of musculoskeletal symptoms considering their prevalence, localisation, their intensity and their functional limitations is important for a valid and comparable description of the health effect of high physical loads at workplaces. The Nordic Standardized Questionnaire for the Analysis of Musculoskeletal Symptoms (NMQ) published by Kuorinka et al. (1987) is not yet available in a validated version. Revisions of the NMQ regarding the query logic, the design and the spectrum of questions are deemed necessary.

The aim of the study is to develop a short and validated modular questionnaire based on the former version of the NMQ to record the prevalence of symptoms in different regions of the musculoskeletal system. The revised version of the NMQ will be systematically evaluated. Aspects of the intended evaluation are validity, reliability and interpretability / usefulness and practicability and objectivity.

A revised and updated version of the NMQ could be used as a diagnostic tool in occupational health care in the context of high physical workloads according to German Occupational Health Care Regulation (ArbMedVV). A standardized questionnaire could also be used in the evaluation of the results of workplace risk assessments and ergonomic interventions and in other scientific epidemiological studies at workplaces.


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