Palm surface area database and estimation formula in Korean children using the alginate method

Hyuk Choi, Man Sik Park, Bonghyun Nam, Jungbok Lee, Eunhi Kim, Heung Man Lee

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Studies of palm surface area (PSA) have been investigated as an important reference area unit in physiology and medicine today. Most previous PSA studies have been limited to adults. The purpose of this study was to archive Korean children's PSA data and to calculate an optimized formula for estimating PSA. A total of 305 people, 186 boys and 119 girls all aged between 7 and 18 years, were recruited for this study and their PSA was directly measured by a useful, accurate, and quick method - the alginate method. Mean PSA for males and females was found and the optimized formula for estimating PSA was computed. It would be meaningful to note that this trial was the first to generate data from Korean children, which could be widely available for utilization in anthropometry, toxicology research, thermal physiology and in skin burn studies for Asian children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)873-882
Number of pages10
JournalApplied Ergonomics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Nov

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was support by a grant ( 09182KFDA596 ) from Korea Food & Drug Administration in 2009 and a grant in part from Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs in 2009 ( A090084 ). This article has been approved for publication by KFDA, but the views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect those of the KFDA.


  • Anthropometry
  • Asian children
  • Formula
  • Palm surface area

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)


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