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Master of Science

First Advisor

Kevin P. Grant, PhD

Second Advisor

Wendell P. Simpson III, PhD


This study utilized a case-control methodology to describe and analyze the 115 cases of occupational illnesses reported by civilian employees of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB) between 1990 and 1995. Determining if a statistically significant association existed between age and duration of employment risk factors and cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) was a primary objective. The frequency of CTDs among the various organizations at Wright-Patterson AFB are also described. The research could not prove the existence of a significant association for the 44 subjects and 176 controls matched on occupational group. However, the demographic and other descriptive results may form a foundation for subsequent ergonomically-based causal studies into those workcenters and occupational groups with a history of cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs). The results could further lead to the development of candidates for intervention and preventative measures by the base Occupational Medicine Service professionals to reduce the number of CTD incidents and subsequent workers' compensation claim costs among Wright-Patterson's civilian workforce.

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Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Logistics and Acquisition Management of the Air Force Institute of Technology.