Recruiting participants for ergonomic research using self-reported stature and body mass

H. Kılıç, G. Vledder*, X. Yao, W.S. Elkhuizen, Y. Song, P. Vink

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: A valid distribution of key anthropometric parameters among participants is often a perquisite of ergonomics research. OBJECTIVE: In this paper, we investigated the accuracy of self-reported stature and body mass of the population in the Netherlands. METHODS: Data from 4 experiments was synthesized where in each experiment, participants self-reported their stature and body mass prior to being measured, of which they were not notified before. RESULTS: Statistical analysis of 249 records indicated that on average, participants overreported their stature by 1.31 cm and underreported their mass by 1.45 kg. This is especially true for people with a BMI ≥ 25. CONCLUSION: Two models were proposed to adjust the self-reported stature and body mass for ergonomic researchers in a survey or recruitment. Limitations in using the models are highlighted as well.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1509-1517
Number of pages9
JournalWork: a journal of prevention, assessment & rehabilitation
Volume76
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Anthropometric measurements
  • Body mass index
  • participatory research

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