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Volume 9, Issue 4 (Iranian Journal of Ergonomics 2022)                   Iran J Ergon 2022, 9(4): 178-198 | Back to browse issues page

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Rashidi Molkesari P, Gorgani Firoozjaei M, Tabatabaei S, Chaharaghran F. Comparative Study of Musculoskeletal Disorders and Quality of Life between Traditional and Semi-modern Paddy Farmers of Gilan. Iran J Ergon. 2022; 9 (4) :178-198
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1- MSc, Department of Ergonomics, School of Public Health and Safety, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2- MSc, Department of Occupational Health, School of Health, Mazandaran University of Medical Science, Sari, Iran.
3- Associate Professor, Department of Ergonomics, School of Public Health and Safety, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4- MSc, Department of Ergonomics, School of Public Health and Safety, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran , fchaharaghran@yahoo.com
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Background and Objectives: Musculoskeletal disorders and low quality of life are the most common problems among paddy farmers in the world. Paddy farmers are exposed to inappropriate postures, long working hours and stressful environmental conditions. The aim of this study was to compare different farming methods of rice cultivation (traditional and semi-modern) on the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders and the life quality of paddy farmers. 

Methods: This descriptive-analytical study was conducted in rice fields with 150 paddy farmers as a sample group (100 traditional paddy farmers and 50 semi-modern paddy farmers). Musculoskeletal disorders and quality of life were assessed using the Nordic questionnaire and the Lancashire Quality of Life Profile, respectively. All statistical analyses were performed using SPSS V25.

Results: The prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in the neck, lower back and shoulders is higher in traditional paddy farmers compared to farmers who work in semi-modern rice cultivation systems. Present results demonstrated that there was no significant difference between various rice cultivation methods and musculoskeletal disorders on life quality. Furthermore, different farming methods of paddy cultivation have no significant effect on paddy farmers' life quality.

Conclusion: Prevalence of lower back musculoskeletal disorders among paddy farmers is a result of long-term exposure to awkward posture. In addition, the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders and different methods of paddy cultivation has not affected the life quality of paddy farmers.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Musculoskeletal Disorders
Received: 2022/01/22 | Accepted: 2022/03/1 | ePublished: 2022/03/1

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