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Work Ability Score (WAS) as a Suitable Instrument to Assess Work Ability Among Iranian Workers

Hamidreza Mokarami 1 , Seyed Bagher Mortazavi 2 , * , Ali Asgari 3 and Alireza Choobineh 4
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1 Department of Ergonomics, School of Health, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
2 Department of Occupational Health Engineering, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran
3 Department of Counseling, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4 Research Center for Health Sciences, Institute of Health, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
Article information
  • Health Scope: February 01, 2017, 6 (1); e42014
  • Published Online: November 12, 2016
  • Article Type: Research Article
  • Received: September 5, 2016
  • Revised: October 23, 2016
  • Accepted: November 2, 2016
  • DOI: 10.17795/jhealthscope-42014

To Cite: Mokarami H, Mortazavi S B, Asgari A, Choobineh A. Work Ability Score (WAS) as a Suitable Instrument to Assess Work Ability Among Iranian Workers, Health Scope. 2017 ; 6(1):e42014. doi: 10.17795/jhealthscope-42014.

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1. Background
2. Objectives
3. Methods
4. Results
5. Discussion
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