Research methods

FAS works with the complexity of issues related to the working life, and therefore FAS uses both quantitative and qualitative scientific approaches as well as “mixed methods”.

The significant methods and techniques used by FAS are:

Physical exposure:
Electromyography (surface and intramuscular including single motor unit)
Video based photo analysis (Vicon) with energetic and mechanistic strain calculations.
Bio-mechanical models
Measuring of heart rate and heart rate variability

Physical activity measurements
Accelerometer and Actiheart

Health check
Measurement of muscle strength (isometric and dynamic), force transducer and goniometer
Fitness test with ergometer bike, row-ergometer and kayak-ergometer
Blood pressure, resting heart rate, body composition and % body fat (impedance)
Blood analysis of cholesterol, triglycerids, glycated hemoglobin.

Questionnaire
Self-reported measures from questionnaires regarding work exposure, physical activity, health conditions and illness
National health profiles

Qualitative interviews and observation
Interviews about the healthy working life among employers, employees, and health professionals.
Observation methods in different job tasks

Literature studies
Systematic review of literature
Meta-analysis

Mixed Methods

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