Manual Therapy, Posturology & Rehabilitation Journal
Manual Therapy, Posturology & Rehabilitation Journal
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Reproducibility of task description questionnaire among brazilian pregnant workers

Priscila Cibils da Rosa, Géssica Maria Moreira, Luís Mochizuki, Fabiana Flores Sperandio

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Background: The increase in the number of pregnant women working to the end of gestation has attracted interest in studying the effects of work on maternal fetal health. A task description questionnaire (TDQ) was developed to evaluate pregnant women and labor tasks performed in this period. Objectives: The purpose of the study was to evaluate the reproducibility of the TDQ and its questions regarding the labor tasks performed by pregnant workers. Methods: Test-retest reproducibility was performed with data collected at seven-day intervals in 37 pregnant women. A Spearman test and κ coefficients were calculated for test-retest agreement. Results: With regard to κ, the results showed good to total agreement for questions 3 and 4. The Spearman correlation was excellent to moderate (for questions 5 and 6). Conclusions: The results of the reproducibility of the TDQ reflected the good understanding of this tool, because it was simple, easy and fast to apply. A TDQ can detect the need for changes in the occupational environment of pregnant workers. This ensures the examination of maternal fetal health and safety.


Pregnancy, Work, Reproducibility of Findings, Ergonomics, Task Description Questionnaire.


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