The Prevalence and Severity of Arthritis among Older Women Farmers in Ohio
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Undergraduate Research Theses; 2013
Agriculture requires repetitive and sometimes strenuous activities in order to complete a task, often leading to arthritis. Farming with Arthritis is an ongoing research project conducted through The Ohio State University aimed at determining whether those who are farming have an increased risk of arthritis and of those farmers whether or not women have a greater chance of developing arthritis than men. Through this research, we have collected arthritis questionnaires from over 300 farmers to determine the severity of their arthritis, focusing mainly on the area of the knee joint. Preliminary data shows that farmers are more likely to develop arthritis than non farmers. Among farmers, it is more likely to develop in women than in men. Results showed that 43.5% of women farmers had knee pain appearing sometimes or most of the time compared to 38.1% of male farmers. Through this research, we are seeking to determine which factors are important in the development of arthritis among women farmers and propose solutions to help prevent and mange arthritis in this population. Further analysis will investigate how they are handling pain, their use of medication, and if they are seeking advice from a health care professional.
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